It’s a big win for Malaysia but not a big deal

  • Football
  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: It was a huge 11-0 win for Malaysia in the AFC Under-19 Championship qualifying campaign but it’s no big deal.

The team they beat were Brunei and team coach Brad Maloney has told his charges to keep their feet on the ground after their second Group G match.

The real test will come when they face group leaders Thailand on Sunday.

Against Brunei, Malaysia were the dominant side and got their goals from Azrin Afiq (17th minute), Luqman Hakim (21st penalty, 22nd, 24th and 41st), Azam Azmi (31st and 60th), Aiman Afif (39th, 85th, 90th) and Harith Haiqal (59th) at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday.

Malaysia, who have six points after two matches, are now second in the group behind Thailand, who have a superior goal difference after their two wins.

Hosts Cambodia have three points ahead of Brunei on goal difference, while the Northern Mariana Islands prop up the group without a point.

The team returned to training early yesterday and the Australian coach is hoping the players will keep the momentum going.

“It was a good result for us and we didn’t expect to win big. Brunei made it difficult at times to break down as they were organised at the back.

“We got the desired result in the end and I want the players to remain focused and keep it going, ” said Maloney.

The national team kicked off their campaign with a 5-4 win over hosts Cambodia last week.

They take on Northern Mariana Islands today before wrapping up their campaign against Thailand, who had steamrolled Northern Mariana Islands 21-0 before the Malaysia-Brunei match.

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