Malaysia U20 national team started with 1 point after tied with Mongolia U20 national team host of the group with a score of 1-1 in the AFC U20 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers Group E at MFF Football Center, Ulaanbaatar.
Malaysia played well from the start dominating most of the game but the lack of ideas to create dangerous moves to tear the Mongolian goal was the biggest problem for them.
The situation was further complicated by the penalty kick awarded after the match referee accused Muhammad Alif Farhan Fauzi of fouling in the penalty area.
Midfielder Buyannemekh Ganbat who took the kick penalty in the 24th minute had no problem beating national goalkeeper Syahmi Adib Haikal Mohd Shukri to take Mongolia’s lead 1-0.
The national players tried to rise by launching several accurate attempts but it was still not able to break through the guarded Mongolian goal, Gan-Erdene.
Entering the 51st minute, Muhammad Aliff Izwan Yuslan got a chance after passing the control of two defenders, but his shot was slightly missed.
The mistake was made up for by Aliff Izwan three minutes later when he ended the opportunity after a cutback by Muhammad Najmudin Akmal Kamal Akmal to return to equalize.
As the attacking machine of the national squad is getting more and more excited to hunt for the expected winning goal, Mongolia remains stubbornly defending for the tied position to remain until the end of the game.
The result of the draw has somewhat hindered the planning of Hassan Sazali Waras, where he set his sights on winning the match against the hosts.
In fact, the national team had to face quite a winding road to qualify for the finals in Uzbekistan later because after this they will meet Sri Lanka on Friday and the Korea Republic on Sunday.
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