Malaysia's Asian Games journey

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With the exit to Japan yesterday, Goal recaps Malaysia's journey in the competition and the four matches that Ong Kim Swee's team played in.

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    Malaysia 3 Kyrgyzstan 1

    Safawi Rasid got the ball rolling against Kyrgyzstan in the first Group E match
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    Malaysia 3 Kyrgyzstan 1

    Akhyar Rashid also got in the act and scored in the first match
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    Malaysia 3 Kyrgyzstan 1

    Malaysia conceded one goal but defended well against Kyrgyzstan
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    Malaysia 2 South Korea 1

    Syazwan Andik put in a real shift to continually frustrate the Koreans on the day
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    Malaysia 2 South Korea 1

    Adam Nor Azlin and gang defended stoutly to humble a Son Heung-min led South Korea
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    Malaysia 2 South Korea 1

    Joy for Rizal Ghazali and Haziq Nadzli after a momentous win over the Koreans to secure place as Group E winners
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    Malaysia 2 Bahrain 3

    Faisal Halim and Hadi Fayyadh among the 8 changes made by Ong Kim Swee in the dead rubber match againt Bahrain.
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    Malaysia 2 Bahrain 3

    Goals from Syahmi Safari and a late penalty from substitute Safawi Rasid wasn't enough to stop Malaysia losing for the first time in the tournament
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    Malaysia 2 Bahrain 3

    Nik Akif Syahian among those given a chance against Bahrain but like the others, failed to do enough to challenge for a place in the starting XI.
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    Malaysia 0 Japan 1

    Captain Baddrol Bakhtiar put in a real shift at the base of the midfield but had to watch as his team agonisingly go out of the Asian Games.
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    Malaysia 0 Japan 1

    Japan did not force Haziq Nadzli into making many saves but a crucial moment late on, ensured that the Asian powerhouse are the ones going through to the quarterfinals.
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    Malaysia 0 Japan 1

    A lot rested on the front trio of Syafiq, Safawi and Akhyar to perform but the latter was undoubtedly the poorest on the night when Malaysia needed all 3 to be in their elements.