Failure lớn pick up all three points meant the over of the road for the World Cup for Malaysia after a promising start khổng lồ the qualifying campaign.
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Malaysia huffed & puffed against Vietnam in the penultimate Group G match of the joint 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualification match but ultimately suffered again against their bogey side in recent times khổng lồ bow out of contention for a place in the next round of the qualifiers.
Comparatively, it was a much higher energy performance & output from tan Cheng Hoe"s boys than what was seen during the United Arab Emirates (UAE) match but still it wasn"t enough to lớn overcome a resolute Vietnam side who adopted a far more cautious approach in the trò chơi than what they showed against Indonesia.
Cheng Hoe opted lớn give Guilherme de Paula a chance at redemption after a poor outing against UAE, brought back in Brendan Gan into the starting line-up and rewarded Syafiq Ahmad for his industrious play as a substitute in the first trò chơi with Liridon Krasniqi và Nor Azam Azih both dropping to lớn the bench.
Park Hang-seo knew Malaysia had lớn go for the jugular and that meant gaps would be left at the back for their quick counter attacks to capitalise. While there were a few opportunities for the Golden Dragons using that tactic, their solitary huroji.com came from a mix piece situation which Malaysia failed to defend properly.
Aidil Zafuan"s headed clearance from a corner kick wasn"t far enough và that allowed Doan Van Hau lớn head the ball back into the danger zone in the 27th minute. As a handful of Malaysian players stood ball watching, Nguyen Tien Linh reacted quickest to lớn head into an empty net.
After a strong start to the match, Malaysia allowed Vietnam back into the game by easing off midway through the half but found their second wind towards the end of the half. Coming close twice with a Syafiq header which Bui tan Truong tipped over before the same keeper pushing out a Safawi Rasid không lấy phí kick right before the half time whistle.
Desperate and knowing nothing but a victory would keep Malaysia in the hunt for progression, Cheng Hoe made a double substitution after the break with Nazmi Faiz và Akhyar Rashid coming on for Syafiq & Safawi, meanwhile Arif Aiman also got off the bench for his competitive international debut in place of Mohamadou Sumareh.
Malaysia continued to have more of the ball possession in the game but Vietnam were equally comfortable fending off any attacks. Just when all hopes seemed to be lost, Malaysia were offered a lifeline in the 70th minute when the referee judged Doan Van Hau lớn have fouled de Paula with the naturalised Brazilian dusting himself off khổng lồ slammed trang chủ the equaliser.
While it was understandable that there were a lot of pent-up pressure released by scoring his first huroji.com, the subsequent overexuberant celebrations only served to lớn waste time when a quick restart was needed to lớn chase a second huroji.com that Malaysia needed from the game.
But instead of being inspired by the leveller, it was Vietnam who bounced back when they earned a penalty themselves after a tired looking Brendan tripped substitute Nguyen Van Toan inside the box. Up step Que Ngoc nhị who had little problem sending the ball past Farizal Marlias.
The higher octane performance was asked và delivered but without much direction & shape as Malaysia repeatedly were found wanting in the final third. There were very little attacking plan và when neither Safawi nor Sumareh were able khổng lồ beat their markers, tan Truong was left with little to vì chưng in the game than he might have anticipated.
One more game remain in the group for Malaysia & a place in the third qualifying round of the Asian Cup is still up for grabs with the result against thailand dictacting whether it"s a place in the next group stage or a spot in the playoff.
On a day where Cheng Hoe also suffered a personal loss, the defeat và the subsequent meek bowing out of the World Cup path is hard to lớn take after an inspired start lớn the campaign that begun two years ago which saw the team claiming three wins from five matches will no doubt leave a bittter taste in the mouth.