PETALING JAYA: Goalkeeper Ahmad Syihan Hazmi turned saviour as his sensible save in damage time ensured Malaysia three factors within the bag of their opening AFF Mitsubishi Cup Group B match on the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
The slim 1-0 win over Myanmar yesterday will likely be a great confidence booster for Malaysia forward of more durable opposition to are available Group B but additionally laid to relaxation the ghosts of the 2016 defeat.
It was within the 2016 match when Harimau Malaya misplaced 0-1 to Myanmar in Yangon and finally failed to achieve the semi-finals.
The facet dealt with by South Korean coach Kim Pan-gon might be grateful to Syihan, who made a right judgment to dive to the left to parry off Win Naing Tun’s penalty kick in the direction of the tip of the match.
In a match that passed off in entrance of two,500 dwelling followers, Pan-gon made just one change within the beginning line-up from the final warm-up motion after they defeated Maldives 3-0 on the Kuala Lumpur Soccer Stadium in Cheras final week.
Sabah mainstay Stuart Wilkin was chosen over Mukhairi Ajmal to steer the midfield with Brendan Gan.
Nevertheless, the tempo of the nationwide staff was comparatively sluggish in the primary 20 minutes as Myanmar piled on the stress with a number of harmful makes an attempt.
The dwelling staff have been served an early warning by means of Hein Htet Aung’s try outdoors the penalty field within the eighth minute earlier than Aung Kaung Mann’s strike was efficiently blocked.
Malaysia, nonetheless, saved on going and have been rewarded within the 52nd minute as striker Faisal Halim scored what turned out to be the one aim of the match.
Faisal slotted dwelling the ball previous Myanmar goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo after receiving a go from captain Safawi Rasid.
Faisal was happy to be the match-winner for Malaysia.
“I’m very blissful with the win, it was a tricky and essential recreation for us. We got here right here for the three factors and we received it. I thank the Malaysian followers who got here right here to assist us,” mentioned Faisal after the match.
“We’d like to deliver this momentum to the subsequent. Each recreation is very important on this competitors.
“This win will not be nearly my aim, it was a staff effort … We win as a staff and if we lose, we lose as a staff.
“In the primary half, we struggled however within the second half we improved and scored the winner. Myanmar performed nicely and I want them good luck of their subsequent recreation.”
Harimau Malaya will host Laos this Saturday of their second group match on the Nationwide Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Different groups in Group B are Vietnam and Cambodia.
Within the AFF Cup final 12 months, Malaysia failed to achieve the semi-finals and it led to the resignation of coach Tan Cheng Hoe.
Pan-gon took over the reins originally of this 12 months.