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Defensive cast stars as Malaysia reach Suzuki Cup final

9:59 PM GMT+8 05/12/2018
Syahmi Safari, Malaysia, 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup
It was a difficult match but Tan Cheng Hoe's boys largely came through with an all-round superb performance that gives Malaysia chance at the cup.

Goal goes through every single Malaysian players and rate their performance on the night.

Farizal Marlias 5

After being almost perfect in the first leg, this second leg will not be remembered fondly by Farizal. He was culpable in both of the goals Misjudged flight for first goal. SUspect for the second goal too

Syahmi Safari 8

Unbelievable strike to get Malaysia's first equaliser in the match, it was a shot that was worth the entrance fee alone. Syahmi worked diligently on the right hand side and often provided tan attacking outlet for Malaysia.

Aidil Zafuan 5

Lasted only 15 minutes in the first half. Had done well up to that point but felt the hamstring on his right leg and could not continue. Was replaced by Irfan Zakaria.

Shahrul Saad 8

Another outstanding performance from the Perak man who did not put a foot wrong in the match. Had his work cut out for him early in the first half after Aidil hobbled off. Had to be the leader in the defence to guide a nervous Irfan.

Nazirul Naim 6

Was at fault for the first goal when he allowed to get away and put a header in. Nervous start from the left back but he grew into the game after that and was making the correct decisions each time. 

Akram Mahinan 6

Allowed too much space for Thailand and Phitipan in particular to operate in the first half. Had to work hard throughout the match and kept things simple each time he was on the ball. Did his work without too much fuss.

Syamer Kutty Abba 7

Another tireless worker in the midfield alongside Akram, Syamer also had to push forward to give his attackers an option. Comfortable on the ball, the Johor Darul Ta'zim player showed some great touches on the night.

Safawi Rasid 6

Saw plenty of the ball in the 67 minutes that he was on the pitch but was marked closely by Thai players throughout. Had a few driving run but was not very dangerous on the ball.

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha 6

Missed one good shooting chance but did get his second one right which ultimately proved to be the all-important goal. Was anonymous for other parts of the match and was taken off late as Malaysia seek to protect the away goal lead.

Mohamadou Sumareh 6

A very disappointing night for the winger who perhaps was still feeling his injury. Struggled to get past Korrakot Wiriya-Udomsiri for most of the match and did not become the attacking threat that Malaysia was hoping for.

Zaquan Adha 6

Chased down everything he could in the attack, even though he hardly saw much of the ball. Worked his socks off for his team from the front.

Irfan Zakaria 5

The young defender was a nervous wreck throughout, not the composed sort of player that he usually is. Made a few clearances but also conceded a lot of fouls in the process.

 

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