Malaysia U22 national team crown champions in this tournament is the first time after beating Hong Kong U22 national team with a score of 2-1 in the Merlion Cup 2023 Final at Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang.
In this game is on the side of Malaysia. who made the game invade first and have many chances to win But still can’t score a goal
In the 21st minute, Malaysia almost got the first goal. From a fast counterattack, Azrin Afiq touches the ball to escape from the goalkeeper of Hong Kong. Passed on to Haqimi Azim with a shot, but the assistant referee flags it for offside.
Malaysia continued to win in the 30th minute from Malaysia’s free-kick stroke and was Harith Haikal collecting the ball in the 6-yard box before continuing to poke Haqimi Azim followed repeatedly, but the ball out far post.
During the rest of the time, there was no additional moment. The first half ended with both teams tied at 0-0.
Arrived in the second half It is on the side of Malaysia that has continued to invade and in the 58th minute, Malaysia almost got the goal to lead again. From the moment of filling the game up to the left and Alif Izwan through the ball for Najmudin Akmal, taking the ball through to the front Before flowing to Haqimi Azim, to shot in, but the assistant referee raised the flag for offside.
In the 66th minute, Malaysia got to win again from the moment that Ruventiran Vengadesan crossed the ball for Safwan Mazlan to jump volley and shoot in the penalty area. But the ball fell off the far post.
And in the 74th minute, Malaysia attacked again and was Azam Azmi Murad, bringing the ball to the right, flowing to Haqimi Azim before opening for Najmudin Akmal to head in. Malaysia leads 1-0.
Then, shortly after, in the 79th minute, from the stroke of filling the Malaysian invasion game and Azrin Afiq passing to Safwan Mazlan to shoot from outside the penalty area. The ball hit the first post beautifully. Malaysia escaped 2-0.
But then, not long after, in the 80th minute, from the moment that Rahadiazli Rahalim, the goalkeeper of Malaysia Came out to cut the ball, missed it, and Lau Ka Kiu to follow and collect the ball. before sending the ball into the goal Hong Kong followed up to be 1-2.
At the end of injury time at 90+6 minutes, a scuffle broke out between the players of both teams before the referee got a direct red card to Maddox Kong, Hong Kong’s player. sent off from the field and Hong Kong was down to 10 players.
But after that, there were no more goals. The end of the game was on the side of the Malaysia U22 national team, winning with a score of 2-1, winning this tournament for the first time.
Credit Photo : FAM