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Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 6:46:00 PM
Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 6:47:41 PM
PETALING JAYA: The national team went down to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3-1 in their final warm-up match ahead of the 2015 Asian Cup qualifying round match against Bahrain next week.
National coach Datuk K. Rajagopal’s men have now played 12 matches in the last seven months since their 2-1 win against Yemen in the last qualifying round match in Shah Alam.
All eyes will now be on the national team when they take on Bahrain at the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.
Malaysia need to win to keep their hopes alive of making the cut for the 16-team Finals in Australia in 2015.
Malaysia lost their opening qualifying match against Qatar 2-0 in Doha in February.
Bahrain lead the standings with six points after two games, while Qatar are above Malaysia on better goal difference.
The top two teams from the five groups at the end of the home-and-away round-robin qualifier will automatically make the Finals while the best third-placed side of the five qualifying groups will join hosts Australia, defending champions Japan, South Korea and North Korea at the 2015 tournament. The other slot will be taken up by the winner of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
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