Nike Match Report: Laos 1-4 Malaysia

The Malayan Tigers showed great cohesiveness to get their AFF Suzuki Cup dreams back on track and seize a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Laos
Malaysia had a very clear idea of their mission from the beginning, presurizing Laos with countless attacks. Safee Sali intercepted a clumsy back pass from Syvilay in the 10th minute but his fired his shot wide off the post. Minutes later, Kunanlan created another opening for Safee but his weak attempt was saved easily by Bounthisanh.

Nevertheless, they finally took the lead in the 15th minute as Safiq Rahim curled in a majestic strike, much to the excitement of the 10,000 Malaysian fans present inside the stadium. What followed was a period of mass domination for K. Rajagopal's men. Norshahrul missed an attempt in the 30th minute before Safee fired a long range shot wide five minutes later.

But the blow for Malaysia came in the 39th minute. Sihavong scored via a deflected shot after Safiq gave the ball away in front of the Malaysian defence rather carelessly. It came out of nowhere as both sides went into half time with a 1-1 score line.

After the break, Malaysia continued to dominate proceedings by launching countless of attacks on the Laos defence. Safiq Rahim capitalized on a bad clearance and fired a shot towards the Laos goal, only to see it fly wide off the post. In the 62nd minute, Safee Sali missed a clear header, after Mahali Jasuli whipped in a delicious cross for the former Selangor man.

But the finally regained their lead in the 68th minute as Safee Sali showed composure to finish home, after being assisted by Wan Zack Wan Haikal. 10  minutes later, Wan Zack sent the Malaysian fans into frenzy with a well timed header, after Kunanlan did brilliantly to curl in a brilliant cross from the left flank.

K. Rajagopal then brought on Khyril Muhymeen for Safee Sali and the move paid immediate dividends as he went on to score just a minute after the coming on, as they sealed a comfortable victory over a dejected Laos side. The Malayan Tigers will now take on Indonesia in their final Group B clash on Saturday.