Malaysia national team take 2 wins friendly match consecutive after win Hong Kong with a score of 2-0 in the International ‘A’ Match FIFA Day at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
The last time Malaysia beat Hong Kong was in a friendly match at Mong Kok Stadium (16 October 2012) with goals from Safee Sali, Safiq Rahim, and Ahmad Fakri Saarani.
The second friendly match saw Kim Pan-Gon, head coach list his best starting line-up where only Dion Cools and Syamer Kutty Abba who were sent off when they met Brunei DS were retained.
The pattern of the game was quite positive displayed by the line -up of national players which showed attack after attack manifested as soon as the starting whistle was blown by the referee on duty, Suhaizi Shukri.
Nor Azam Azih first forced Paulo Cesar Da Silva Argolo to work hard but his shot from outside the penalty area was saved well by the 36 -year -old goalkeeper as early as the sixth minute.
The pressure given to the national squad almost made a result in the 24th minute but a free kick from the left corner was taken by Safawi Rasid who went straight to the goal gate of the opposing team and was quickly punched out by Paulo Cesar to save the situation.
A minute later, it was Arif Aiman Mohd Hanapi’s turn to threaten the team’s fort at 147th in the world rankings, but Arif’s shot that had already managed to pass Paulo Cesar’s leg was saved by defender Yu Wai Lim on the line.
The long-awaited goal for the national squad came in the 31st minute when Safawi completed a penalty kick despite Paulo Cesar initially being able to deflect his shot. The penalty kick was awarded by Suhaizi to the national squad after Fung Hing Wa abused Akhyar Rashid in the penalty area.
Darren got a chance to add a goal as the game entered extra time. However, his header when not controlled by the opposing defender following a beautiful pass made by Corbin-Ong just slightly past the goal post.
Four minutes after the action of the second half continued, Darren was once again frustrated when his push when grabbing Azam Azih’s cross was saved by Paulo Cesar.
Safiq Rahim, who came on as a substitute, confirmed a 2-0 victory when his deflected free-kick hit the wall to beat Paulo Cesar.
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