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With the Vietnam SEA Games postponed, we can look back at the past event in the Philippines. We will have to see more on the 2022 Malaysian side ahead in the Sea Games against their upcoming opponents. Take a look at our latest Malaysia football news preview before the interesting fixtures ahead of their journey to SEA Games. In the opening match of SEA Games, men’s football competition in Group A between the Malaysian national team against the Myanmar national team resulted in a draw on Monday. The encounter between the 2017 finalist Malaysia against the semifinalist Myanmar (as of 2022), in which both sides were lost to concluding champions Thailand squad, this was considered as the standout matchup on the opening day of the Southeast Asian Games and the two squads did not fail at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila Philippines. They were caution indications for Malaysia team in the early game when midfielder Aung Naing Win’s free-kick was upset by Malaysia’s goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli onto the woodwork within 12th minute and the Asian Lions started into the lead coming from the resulting corner.
The captain of Myanmar squad, Hlaing Bo Bo, provided in the corner into the box wherein the defender Soe Moe Kyaw moves toward to give on their national manager Velizar Popov’s team an initial lead over Malaysian manager Ong Kim Swee’s squad. However, the lead was only temporary and the Myanmar side had only their own selves to blame for it. Aung Naing Win had his back pass seized by a sharped eyed forward Akhyar Rashid who crossed it in for Fagiano Okayama forward Hadi Fayyadh to tap in at the near post within 24th minute of the game. Malaysia had the opportunity to win the game later on within the match, however, it was the crossbar that saves Myanmar not just once but twice in the game. The 19-year-old Hadi has nearly his 2nd within 37th minute when he goes towards a free kick versus the woodwork while the forward/winger Adam Nor Azlin also shook the crossbar with a free-kick within 63rd minute.
Malaysia’s come from behind
On Monday, when the Malaysian team faces Myanmar within the opening game of the SEA Games men’s football competition. Specifically, in the 13th minute, Myanmar’s defender Soe Moe Kyaw amaze the Malaysian squad with a goal within the 13th minute, it’s just for the 2017 competition finalist (as of 2022) to drawn only eleven minutes after. As stated earlier, that was within the 13th minute of the game that Myanmar got the lead against Malaysian squad, and credit to the corner kick from midfielder Hlaing Bo Bo. The Yadanarbon F.C. midfielder levitated his corner kick on the center of Harimau Malaya’s penalty box and defender Soe Moe Kyaw just had to tap the ball inside, in which he did excellently. The unwanted goal looked to wake up the Malaysian ace players, as they focused more accurately on the counter-attack since then. In the 24th minute playtime, their hard work was gifted, as forward Akhyar Rashid seized the back pass from Myanmar’s midfielder Aung Naing Win before he reached inside their box and crossed it to their forward Hadi Fayyadh – afterward converted his attack at the near post to grab the score on level terms once again.
With Myanmar and Malaysia expected to clash again in future football competitions in 2022, what could we expect? Knowing the passion of these two countries for soccer, there’ll be more solid moments to come!