Azmin helps Malaysia get a draw with Indons

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  • Thursday, 18 Mar 2004

PASIR GUDANG: Goalkeeper Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz gave a good account of himself as Malaysia held Asia Cup finalists Indonesian to a scoreless draw in a friendly international football match at JCorp Stadium here last night. 

It was a good test match for the national number one who was sidelined in Malaysia's 1-3 defeat by Hong Kong in their first pre-World Cup match in Kuantan on Feb 18. In that match, Hamsani Ahmad kept goal and it was his jittery performance between the posts which cost Malaysia the match. 

It was a good warm-up match for national coach K. Rajagopal and the national team ahead of their second pre-World Cup match against Kuwait at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan on March 31.  

Rajagopal was handling the team for the first time since the loss to Hong Kong. FA of Malaysia's (FAM) technical director Karl Heinz Weigang called the shots against Hong Kong. 

The Indonesians are in the Asia Cup finals which will be played in Beijing in July and they are also preparing for the pre-World Cup match against Turkmenistan also to be played on March 31. 

The visitors started off aggressively and earned a first minute freekick on the top of the penalty box when Malaysian defender Yuszaiman Zahari brought down Indonesian dangerman Bambang Pamungkas. However, Budi Sudarsono crashed the ball into the Malaysian wall. 

The Indonesian duo proved to be handful for the Malaysian backline who had to work extra hard to them at bay. And when the two did manage to get a shot at the goal Azmin was there to deny them. 

Malaysia's best chance came from Wong Sai Kong who came in for Shukor Adan. The Sarawak player beat Indon keeper Yandri Christian Pitoy with a header in the 77th minute but the bar stood in the way. 

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