Harimau Muda suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Great Britain yesterday, leaving their quarter final hopes hanging in the balance.
Ong Kim Swee's men struggled to impose themselves against the Brits, even getting a man sent off in the process.
The match kicked off on a pretty balanced note with both sides working hard to stamp their authority. However, Britain ultimately opened the scoring in the 18th minute through James Aldred, who fired home after a good assist from Sammy McVicar.
Harimau Muda did pull through several dangerous attacking moves but the attacking duo of Thamil Arasu and Hazwan Bakri were being contained well by the Brits. The score remained in favour of Britain as the match headed into half time.
After the break, Harimau Muda suffered yet another blow when Alex Dyer increased Britain's lead on the 49th minute, leaving Harimau Muda with a mountain to climb. But it all got worse for them when Wan Zaharulnizam was sent off just two minutes later, leaving them to play the remaining 40 minutes with 10 men.
Britain pressured them immensely, but Ong's charges did well to be composed at the back and even create some attaking chances of their own. Needless to say, goalkeeper Farhan pulled off several outstanding saves throughout the course of the match. Ultimately, the final whistle was blown with Britain taking a comfortable 2-0 win.
Both Great Britain and Harimau Muda are on three points in Group C now, meaning that if Italy fails to defeat Britain by a score line of 3-0 or more, then Ong Kim Swee's men will join Britain in the quarter finals.