Saudi Arabia flew into Shah Alam Stadium and dominated proceedings to earn a deserved 4-1 victory over Malaysia.
First half strikes from Yousef Alsalem and Yahya Alshehri seemed to have knocked the win out of the Malayan Tigers but K. Rajagopal’s men came out in the second fighting to pull one back through Safiq Rahim.
It was too little too late as defensive errors allowed Naif Hazazi and Hamdan Alhamdan to score two late goals to stop any form of comeback for the home side.
Saudi Arabia coach, Lopez Caro, appeared humble after the game and lauded Malaysia’s efforts in the early stages of both halves.
“Although Malaysia played well in the opening minutes of the first and second halves, we managed to contain them well.”
“The first goal killed Malaysia,” he said.
When asked about the Malayan Tigers’ performance, the Spaniard remained mum and said that he’d rather not make any comments.
In conclusion, Caro said: “This match was a good preparation for both teams, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, ahead of the Asia Cup.”