Rajagopal knows that he lost against a better team

The Malaysia coach was disappointed with his team’s lacklustre forwards but felt that the players’ performance will allow him to select the best XI for the Yemen tie.

Last night, Malaysia welcomed Saudi Arabia for a friendly match at the Shah Alam Stadium in their bid to find momentum ahead of the Asia Cup Qualification later this month.

However, K. Rajagopal’s men were battered by at strong Saudi team that emerged as 4-1 winners.

Goals from Yousef Alsalem, Yahya Alshehri, Naif Hazazi and Hamdan Alhamdan sealed the Malayan Tigers’ fate - a 70th minute Safiq Rahim strike was not enough to spur a convincing comeback.

The Malaysia coach was upset to have missed out Safee Sali who is normally potent upfront and rued his team’s advances at goal.

“We didn’t have a killer striker to score.

“We created chances but couldn’t manage to use them well,” Rajagopal said after the match last night.

“We definitely played better in the second half and Safiq Rahim did well to score, but the lost of concentration and defensive errors made us concede two goals late the match,” he added.

However, Rajagopal felt that the match would allow him to make a better selection for the upcoming Asia Cup Qualifier against Yemen.

He said: “The match was a good stage for us to select the best IX for the Yemen game.

“Badhri Radzi played well and I’m satisfied with his performance.”

“We’ll also try to call back Wan Zack to help the team upfront.”

At the end of the night, Rajagopal conceded that Malaysia lost against a better team.