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We will have to see more on the Malaysian side ahead in the Sea Games against their upcoming opponents. Take a look at our latest Malaysia SEA Games football news on the results of Timor Leste versus Malaysia’s faceoff journey. For the first time, the Malaysian national team recorded their first victory in men’s football in SEA Games 2019 following the defeat of Timor Leste in 4 – 0 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines. With Myanmar secured a spot within the semi-final from Group A following the 2 – 1 victory against Cambodia in the other game of the day. Malaysian side will now face the Cambodian national team and hosts the Philippines for the last four slots in the group on the final game day. Manager Ong Kim Swee’s team, are trying to get their 1st win in the Southeast Asian Games, started the game on the offensive and the Timor Leste’s defense mechanism proved to be easy to work hard with for Malaysia. Within five minutes in the game, they were awarded for their offensive intent with their own goal from position forward Filomeno Junior da Costa who work hard to pull the danger within the box, however, turn out lifting the ball over his own goalkeeper and into the net.
It has been a heroic role for Timor Leste’s goalkeeper Augusto Pereira in which recovered his team on some occasions, such as denying Syahmi Safari and Faisal Halim from the close range, this is to avoid more damages until the half-hour remark, however, the vulnerable backline was always going to be his Achilles’ heel. In the 35th minute of playing, Safari’s low cross was only going out as far as Malaysia’s hitter Hadi Fayyadh who take the opportunity with self-confidence and work out his team’s advantage. More defensive problems given to Malaysia their 3rd as Timor Leste’s midfielder Ximenes Mesquita chested down a Safari cross in his box just for Halimto strike a shot at goal which thump inside of the right post and headed to the length of the goal to hit the left before Hadi drained it in for his 2nd goal in the night. There was a late 4th goal was included within the 81st minute when the winger Akhyar Rashid was performed through on goal and the youthful Malaysian international completed past the goalkeeper from a hard angle to guarantee the victory. With the Monday’s match results, Cambodia, Philippines and Malaysia will now face each other to secure the 2nd do or die spot from Group A. However, with these squads having four points each, Cambodia will go against Malaysia, while Timor Leste will face against the Philippines within their final group stages matches on December 4, 2019.