In their opening game of the AFC Championship qualifiers, Malaysia Under-19 fell 3-1 to hosts China at the Jiaxing Sports Centre Stadium.
Xiang Baixu’s double, one in either half, and Wei Shihao’s strike seven minutes from time was enough to see off the Young Tigers who had earlier missed a penalty in the 17th minute.
However, Aminuddin Hussin’s boys did manage to pull one back in the 72nd minute courtesy of Mohd Alif Haikal Mohd Sabri.
The situation was made worse for the Young Tigers when Adam Nor Azlin, who had missed the earlier penalty, was sent off after he was shown the second yellow card.
Malaysia are currently placed third in Group I after match day one above Macau who were run over 6-0 by Japan on the same day.
Next in line for the Malaysians are the Japanese on Thursday and they will also play at the Jiaxing Sports Center Stadium.
Winners of each of the nine groups along with six of the best runners-up will qualify for the finals next year, joining hosts Myanmar.