Friday, March 27, 2015

Malaysia humiliated 6-0 by Oman

KUALA LUMPUR: Dollah Salleh suffered his heaviest defeat as national coach when Oman hammered 10-man Malaysia 6-0 in an international friendly in Muscat on Thursday.

Playing for the first time since finishing runners-up at the AFF Cup last December, the national team were made to look like minnows by Oman as Malaysia slumped to its biggest loss in 16 years.
So bad were Malaysia that S. Kunanlan was penalised for two penalties and the match ended on a sour note when captain Safiq Rahim was sent off for dissent.

Yaqoob Abdul-Karim Al Qasmi and Abdulaziz Homaid Al Muqbali both scored twice, either side of half-time, with Qasim Said Sangoor and Mohsin Johar Al Khalidi getting the other goals.
The defeat was Malaysia's ninth in Dollah's 13 matches in charges and the coach's worst outing since his debut game, a 4-1 loss against Tajikistan in August last year.

It was also the national team's biggest reverse since a 6-0 defeat by Indonesia at the 1999 Sea Games.
The national team lacked imagination and cohesion as the gulf in ranking - Oman are ranked 96th by Fifa while Malaysia are 153rd - was too obvious.

Dollah gave Akram Mahinan his first international cap but the Johor midfielder failed to impress, often making back passes to the defence whenever in possession and was hauled off at half-time.
Johor right-back Che Rashid Che Halim also made his international debut when he appeared as a substitute while Kelantan winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor played in his first international in two years.

Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who plays for Wigan Athletic in England, only had one save to make when he easily gathered a low angled shot by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha in the 13th minute.
Two minutes later, Malaysia were 1-0 down when Al Qasmi scored before Al Muqbali scored from the spot two minutes before half-time.

Substitute goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid was only on the pitch for 90 seconds when he was beaten by Sangoor before Al Muqbali made it 4-0 on the counter-attack in the 51st minute.
Al Qasmi flicked in a header in the 67th minute for Oman's fifth goal before Al Khalidi completed the humiliation for Malaysia by stroking another penalty home a minute from full-time.

MALAYSIA: Farizal Marlias (Khairul Azhan Khalid, 46); S. Kunanlan, Muslim Ahmad (Afif Amiruddin, 63), Fadhli Shas, Zubir Azmi; Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (Che Rashid Che Halim, 57), Akram Mahinan (Baddrol Bakhtiar, 46), Safiq Rahim, Amri Yahyah; Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Manaf Mamat, 71), Indra Putra Mahayuddin (Joseph Kalang Tie, 46).



By DEVINDER SINGH - NST

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