KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) -- It was not a very good start for the national football squad Harimau Muda who are on a tour in Australia to play friendly matches in preparing to face Bahrain in their third match in Group D of the Asian Cup 2015 Qualifiers at home on Oct 15.
The squad coached by Datuk K. Rajagobal lost 2-3 to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) side Canberra FC at the Deakin Stadium in Canberra, Thursday.
The hosts opened accounts through striker Alex Oloriegbe in the 28th minute before midfielder Ryan Keir made it two up six minutes later.
Malaysia's prolific striker Mohd Safee Sali saved the day for Harimau Malaya when he netted a brace with goals in the 61st and 83rd minutes respectively but their hopes of finishing with a draw were dashed when Canberra FC substitute Philippe Bernabo fired home a penalty awarded in extra time after regulaton play.
Referee Richard Naumovski awarded the penalty after Malaysian keeper Mohd Farizal Marlias brought down Bernabo in the box.
The national squad next play Marconi Stallions FC on June 11 before rounding off their Down Under tour with a friendly against Sydney United FC on June 13.