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Malaysia crushed Sri Lanka before marching to Vietnam

Malaysia crushed Sri Lanka before marching to Vietnam

Malaysia has just gone through the extremely favorable momentum right before the match against Vietnam after winning a strong 6-0 victory against Sri Lanka.

To prepare for the confrontation with Vietnam in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Malaysia had a friendly match with Sri Lanka at home on October 5th.

Except for the absence of naturalized player Sumareh, Harimau Malaya has launched the strongest squad. Right at the 4th minute, the score opened to the home team with a strike from Syafiq Ahmad.

By the 13th and 16th minute, Shahrul Saad and Talaha respectively scored a goal for Malaysia, putting the home team ahead with 3-0.

Creating a safe distance, Tan Cheng Hoe's army then competed to slow down, mainly testing the attack plans. The score of 3-0 has since remained the same until the first 45 minutes of the game has ended.

In the second half, in order to preserve the forces as well as create opportunities for new players, Malaysia made a series of personnel and tactical adjustments. By the 50th minute, young talent Akhyar Rashid took advantage of the mistake of the Sri Lankan goalkeeper to cushion the ball into an empty net, raising the score to 4-0.

In the remaining time, the home team continues to easily control the game according to their wishes. Striker Syafiq Ahmad then scored two more goals in the 76th and 88th minutes, thereby completing his hat-trick and fixing Malaysia's 6-0 victory over Sri Lanka.

Although this is only a friendly match, this victory helped the Malaysian players to cheer up before embarking on a trip to Vietnam on October 10th. Currently, coach Tan Cheng Hoe and his students have won three points after two matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Malaysia vs Sri Lanka match information

Date: October 5th

Competition: Friendly match, FIFA Day

Compared to the team that won Indonesia in the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC), coach Tan Cheng Hoe eliminated only one person, Hadin Azman, and added two defensive players Aidil Zafuan and Abdul Halim Saari.

All four naturalized players, Mohamadou Sumareh, Brendan Gan, Matthew Davies and La'Vere Corbin-Ong, were named in the list of 25 people coach Tan presented to the Malaysian Football Federation (FAM).

Aidil Zafuan is a surprise name in this gathering of Malaysia. He is a veteran member of the Malaysian team, with 82 caps for the national team and is currently playing for Malaysia's strongest club - Johor Darul Ta'zim. The 32-year-old center-back is a twin brother to striker Zaquan Adha, who played prominently in the AFF Cup 2018. However, for nearly a year, Aidil has been left out of the rejuvenation process of "Malay Tigers".

Malaysia crushed Sri Lanka before marching to Vietnam

"We met Vietnam three times in 2018, and felt the need to improve our defenses. Aidil is one of the most experienced defenders, and I believe he can help the team. not playing, Aidil's valuable experience also helps a lot of young teammates, "coach Tan Cheng Hoe explained, deciding to call Aidil Zafuan again.

Malaysia lost against Vietnam in the final of the AFF Cup 2018. In two visits to My Dinh last year, Malaysia lost both, including 0-1 defeat in the second leg final.

Naturalized striker Sumareh and rising striker Syafiq Ahmad are the two most notable names of Malaysia at the moment.

According to the plan, Tan Cheng Hoe's team will have a friendly against Sri Lanka on October 5th, before departing for Hanoi, preparing for the match vs Vietnam on October 10th.