Malaysia came from behind to clinch a memorable 3-2 victory against regional rivals Indonesia in the Group G of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup second qualifying round at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Thursday.
Naturalised player Mohamadou Sumareh came as a substitute and emerged as the Harimau Malaya's hero when he scored two goals, first in the 37th minute before slotting in the winning goal in the dying minutes of added time in the second half.
The victory saw Malaysia finally end its 15-year winless drought at the famous stadium with a reputation of being the Garuda's fortress - Malaysia last beat Indonesia in 2004 with a 2-1 victory during the first leg of the AFF Cup semi-final.
Indonesia’s Brazilian born striker, Alberto Goncalves, put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute after picking Saddil Ramdani's pass to beat national goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.
The 38-year-old Mandura United striker then once again put Indonesia into a 2-1 lead in the 39th minute, just two minutes after Sumareh’s equaliser when he fired a long range shot to beat a hapless Farizal.
Things heated up in the second half with a pitch invasion by a local fan, who ran across and threw an object towards the section where Malaysia fans were seated.
It happened just after Syafiq Ahmad equalised for Malaysia with a glancing header from Safawi Rasid’s cross in the 65th minute.
The match had to be stopped for about 10 minutes to allow security teams comprising the army and the police to control the situation.
At the end of the match, the Malaysia fans had to be escorted through a guarded exit lane for safety reasons.
Elsewhere in another Group G match, Thailand were held to 0-0 draw with 2018 AFF Cup champions Vietnam at the Thammasat Stadium in Bangkok.
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