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Asian Cup Qualification

  • March 5, 2014
  • • 22:00
  • • Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al-'Ayn (Al Ain)
  • Referee: V. Kovalenko
  • • Attendance: 311


  • Mohammed Al Sarori 60'

Live Commentary

  • This is me (@alfalahabdullah) signing off and thanks for tuning in! Until we meet again. Selamat malam semua!
  • We are not through to Australia but this match certainly silences any lingering doubts on Kim Swee's ability at the highest level from my point of view. He has rallied the team to a superb win. So, FAM..whats your call sirs? Let's remove the "interim" from his title already.
  • FULL TIME! Malaysia have sealed a valiant win over the hosts against all odds. What a brave performance by our boys and we have every right to be proud of the determination showed by OKS' charges. Incredible match of football.
  • 90' + 6'
    Yellow Card Saoud Al Sowadi
  • 90' + 4'
    Last chance saloon for the hosts here as they win a corner kick. Nervy moments for Harimau Malaya.
  • 90' + 2'
    There are only two minutes of playing time before Malaysia seal this historic win. Will our boys be able to hold on for the win?
  • 90'
    Four minutes of added time signaled by the assistant.
  • 89'
    Bad news for Malaysia as inspirational skipper Aidil Zafuan is currently receiving treatment on the sidelines. We are out of subs and we have only 9-men on the pitch!
  • 88'
    Fakri's poor pass nearly got Yemen the equalizer but Khairul Fahmi came flying to clear the dangerous situation.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Hafiz Kamal
  • 85'
    Malaysia need to hold on for their lives here. Valiant effort by OKS' boys so far who lest we forget are down to 10-men due to the contentious call by the referee.
  • 83'
    FREE KICK! Nazrin Nawi's effort blocked by the defensive wall.
  • 82'
    FOUL! Fuad committed a foul in a dangerous position right outside the box. This is Hafiz Kamal's territory.
  • 80'
    There's an extra spring in Harimau Malaya's steps. Covered every blade of grass. Something that was missing under Rajagopal.
  • 78'
    Assist Nazrin Nawi
  • 78'
    Goal Fakri Saarani
    GOAL! Look at that for confidence. Fakri Saarani with a super finish to give Malaysia the lead!
  • 77'
    SAVE! Abdul Wasi with a shot and Khairul Fahmi with yet another point blank save. Wonderful goalkeeping by the Kelantanese. That's four point blank saves that he has made according to my account.
  • 75'
    LONG SHOT! Aidil outrun two midfielders before letting fly with his left foot! Brave effort by the skipper leading by example.
  • 70'
    It is now down to the mental strength of Harimau Malaya. With 10-men, the odds are heavily stacked against them while Yemen can smell blood and are looking for the kill.
  • 65'
    Al-Sasi is growing in influence as the game goes on. We need to close the playmaker down more efficiently
  • 62'
    Fatigue looked to have got the better of our Harimau Malaya boys here. They need to dig deep and get the winning goal.
  • 59'
    Goal Ala'a Al Sasi
    GOAL! The tired Malaysian defence could not cope with Al-Srouri's finishing. Yemen equalizes!
  • 57'
    CHANCE! Al-Sasi with a looping header and Khairul Fahmi was in no man's land but the post came to Harimau Malaya's rescue. Close shave for the Malaysians.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Nazrin Nawi
  • 53'
    Meanwhile, in Bangkok, bad news for our fans as Thailand are surprisingly down 4-1 to Lebanon. As things stand, Harimau Malaya have no chance of qualifying to Australia. Nevertheless, a win is pivotal for our neglected FIFA Rankings
  • 51'
    SubstitutionSafee Sali Baddrol Bakhtiar
  • 47'
    CLEARANCE! Aidil showed masterful positioning to clear Al-Khyat's set piece there.
  • 45'
    And we're off in the second half! Yemen are throwing bodies to attack here folks. They're looking for the elusive equalizing goal.
  • Harimau Malaya have every right to feel aggrieved at the soft red card but full marks to OKS' boys who fought for every ball, and covered every blade of grass to take the lead at half time. Solid display so far.
  • 45'
    Two minutes of added time signaled by the referee.
  • 43'
    SubstitutionBobby Fakri Saarani
  • 37'
    Indecisive defending by Mahali Jasuli almost spurned out a chance for the Yemen forwards. Khairul Fahmi was quick to clear the danger yet again.
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Motaz Qaid
    FOUL! Motazz with a rash challenge on leftback Zubir Azmi.
  • 31'
    DOUBLE SAVE! Khairul Fahmi played out of his skin to deny Yemen twice from point blank range. This is why he's the best goalkeeper in Malaysia in my book. Cat-like reflexes coupled with stout bravery.
  • 27'
    CHANCE! Nazrin with a good ball in and Aidil connects! Super save by Saoud to deny the JDT connection there.
  • 23'
    Again and again Sadam has found that little gap to exploit in between our two centrebacks. OKS must find a way to overcome this defensive weakness.
  • 21'
    Safee did well to go past his marker but he did not have any option to choose from and was later tackled by the Yemen defender.
  • 17'
    What a turnaround of events, as 10-men Malaysia are one goal up. They need to turn in another workhorse performance here to seal the three points against the home side.
  • 15'
    Goal Amri Yahyah
    GOAL! Amri Yahyah was quick to pounce on the rebound from Hafiz Kamal's expertly taken free kick. Get in Amri!
  • 13'
    SubstitutionSafiq Rahim Fadhli Shas
  • 10'
    PENALTY SAVE! Khairul Fahmi turned hero for Harimau Malaya with a superb save to keep his team in the game.
  • 9'
    Red Card Amirizwan Taj bin Tajudin
  • 9'
    RED CARD! Amiridzwan Taj sent off for a seemingly shoulder to shoulder challenge. Nightmare start for Harimau Malaya.
  • 6'
    OFFSIDE! Sadam yet again found the space behind the backline but he was flagged for offside. The Malaysian centrebacks will have to keep a close eye on the nippy striker.
  • 4'
    CHANCE! Sadam found the gap in between Aidil and Taj but Khairul Fahmi was quick off his line to clear the danger. Good work by the Kelantan custodian.
  • 2'
    Sadam tries to win a foul out of Amri Yahyah's diligent tackle! He's a lucky boy to escape without a yellow card for diving there.
  • 1'
    And we're off with Malaysia attacking from right to left. It's surprising to see that the stadium is empty!
  • Ong Kim Swee has decided to stick with his enterprising 4-3-3 system which worked well against Philippines. The only change that was made is in goal to Khairul Fahmi.
  • Looking at current form, our Harimau Malaya have the edge with two draws and three losses while Yemen are on a five-match losing streak.
  • Selamat datang Malaysia! You are here with me, Falah Abdullah (@alfalahabdullah). I'll bring you the updates on tonight's pivotal clash against Yemen.

    Sarori - Boqshan - Sadam - Al-Hifi
    Al-Sasi - Al-Khyat - Najib - Nateq
    Fouad - Moutazz

    Bobby - Safee - Amri
    Nazrin - Hafiz - Safiq
    Zubir - Aidil (c) - Taj - Mahali