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We have the latest happenings in the football news in Malaysia and its related soccer issues, activities, press releases, etc. and aim to keep you always updated every day. The head coach of Kedah FA realizes that it was a difficult battle once center-back Renan Alves saw a red card, however, he wants his mistakes to learn from his experience. Kedah is having a hard time to sustain their winning form to the 2020 season following the give in 4 – 1 loss against the South Korean squad, the FC Seoul within Tuesday’s AFC Champions League playoff at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. A loss that is considered lessens any involvement within the AFC tournament this year for the Red Eagles.
FC Seoul controlled the activities within the opening 20 minutes however it was rejected by the goalkeeper of Kedah, Shahril Sa’ari on few instances. Only when the Red Eagles were embracing the experience in the match, center back Renan Alves was not on purpose on using his hand to clear a corner-kick from Seoul when he was shoved by his own teammate attacking midfielder David Rowley within the penalty box in the 37th minute. Renan Alves obtained two yellow cards within the 1st half that put them to avoid any opportunities but creating an upset and the Brazilian’s player exclusion was the beginning of Kedah’s downfall. Forward Park Chu-young strike the ensuing spot-kick and that will put the Korean squad on their path to the group table. Choosing to go for a better secure approach, the Head coach of Kedah, Aidil Sharin Sahak would have been grateful within the system in which the squad contains the FC Seoul off until the red card came. While frustrated within the loss, coach Sharin recommends that his lack of experienced side will have many ways to obtain even by only engaging within the two games in the tournament. Coach Aidil stated within the post-game press conference:
“We are new to the ACL but definitely we’ll learn something from Tuesday’s game. The most important was that my boys worked very hard, they gave 100% and they lose to a better team, so congrats to FC Seoul. As this is Kedah’s first time in the ACL, this is a learning process for us. The boys enjoyed the journey from the last game to tonight’s match. Definitely I want the boys to improve themselves and learn from a good game like this. It was not easy for us to play with 10 men after 30 plus minutes. Before the penalty, our boys did very well to contain FC Seoul. But unfortunately, this is football and we lost one man at a crucial time. Definitely the boys will get stronger from playing in such a game.”