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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 10:44:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 11:48:05 PM

Irfan: Indonesia studied our game well

NAYPYITAW: Despair was written all over national Under-23 skipper Mohd Irfan Fazail’s face when he stopped to talk to the media after his team crashed out of the SEA Games semi-finals, failing in their bid to defend the gold medal.

The team went down 4-3 via a penalty shootout to Indonesia after the score remained 1-1 after extra-time at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium last night.

The 23-year-old midfielder said that the team did well to equalise after going down 0-1 but they were unlucky to not kill off the game after that.

“Both teams did well and had their chances to kill off the game in regulation time but it didn’t happen,” said a dejected Irfan.

“Each of us did our best during the game but it was not enough ... maybe we were fatigued. I feel that we were unlucky in the shootout too.”

Commenting on his own performance, the Pontian-born player said that he was below par and the opponents had studied the Malaysian game well.

“I think I made too many mistakes for my own liking and sadly our best penalty-kick takers couldn’t convert their shots this time,” said Irfan.

“In the SEA Games, we play every alternate day and I think it gives your opponent plenty of time to analyse your game.

“The Indonesians were very fast in closing us down and we didn’t have enough time with the ball to make quality crosses.”

He added that they will now focus on the bronze medal match against Singapore which will be held on Saturday.  

Tags / Keywords: football, SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mohd Irfan Fazail

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