Wasteful Malaysia lose to 10-man Kyrgyzstan by solitary goal

Oleh Seng Foo 17 Oktober 2018 57
Wasteful Malaysia lose to 10-man Kyrgyzstan by solitary goal
Malaysia failed to take their chances as they lost 1-0 to Kyrgyzstan at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca on Tuesday.

The Harimau Malaya, fresh from a 4-1 win over Sri Lanka last Friday, were largely untroubled by the visitors in the first half and could've taken the lead on at least two occasions, with Norshahrul Idlan Talaha hitting the post in the 29th minute and forcing an outstanding save from the Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper right before half-time.

After the break, Kyrgyzstan came out stronger and got the breakthrough goal via Sagynbaev Bekzhan, who managed to stay onside to capitalise on a deflected shot to score past Khairul Fahmi Che Mat in the 68th minute.

Despite pushing hard, especially in the final 10 minutes after Mustafa Iusupov was sent off for his second bookable offence, Tan Cheng Hoe's men were unable to muster an equaliser and crashed to their first home defeat since last November.

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