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Myanmar to play similarly to Vietnam, predicts Aidil

14:12 GMT+3 23/11/2018
Aidil Zafuan, Malaysia, AFF Championship, 12112018
Malaysia's Aidil Zafuan has outlined what the home team defence need to do in their must-win AFF Championship clash against Myanmar on Saturday.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Ahead of their do-or-die Group A clash against Myanmar on Saturday, Malaysia centre back Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak has outlined what the home team defence need to do in the encounter. 

As it stands, Myanmar are leading the group with seven points, with Vietnam in second also on seven points but separated by goal difference, and Malaysia third on six.

For the Asian Lions, a win over the Harimau Malaya on Saturday would send them through to the semi-finals as group winners, while a draw would be enough for them to book their spot. For the home side, nothing less than a win would ensure their qualification.

When met after their final training on Friday, the Johor Darul Ta'zim defender described their Saturday opponents will likely have a similar playing style to another team, Vietnam, who last week defeated the Malaysia 2-0.

"I think Myanmar are one of the strongest sides (in the group), just like Vietnam, and they play like Vietnam too. They have speedy players.

"So we're expecting a similar game to the one played last week; as Myanmar are going play similarly. They're going to hit us on the counters. That's when we need to be really careful," said Aidil.

The 31-year old has also revealed what his defence line needs to do, in order to help the team secure a win which will take them to the tournament semi-finals.

"We need goals of course, but as a defender I need to stop them from scoring, and more importantly we mustn't allow them to score first.

"If they score first, we're going to lose our focus and disrupt our momentum. We need to be extra focused in the early as well as the final minutes of the match," he remarked.

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