Malaysia bank on Indra to avoid a massacre

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have a mountain to climb when they face a desperate China hungry for points in a pre-Olympic Asian Finals Group A match at the Wuhan Stadium tonight (7.30pm). 

The national Under-23 squad will be banking on the versatile Indra Putra Mahayuddin to provide some resistance in the engine room and to prevent the fancied Chinese from humiliating them. 

“We have to push in midfield or else it could end up a one-way traffic,'' said Indra who is aware that the national team's last meeting with China ended in a nightmare five years ago. Then, the Chinese whipped Malaysia 7-1 in an invitational Dunhill Cup tournament played in Vietnam in 1999. 

In the opening home game against Iran on March 3, the Malaysians started well taking a 1-0 lead before collapsing to a 1-4 defeat. 

China, who lost their opening game against South Korea 0-1, are likely to be more merciless, as they need the points and the goals to prevent Iran from taking the second Olympics spot from the group.  

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