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Malaysia steam past Maldives for confidence-boosting win

Malaysia’s Ahmad Hazwan Bakri in action against Maldives at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. -NSTP/SADDAM YUSOFF

BUKIT JALIL: Malaysia recorded an impressive 3-0 win over the Maldives in their final warm-up match ahead of the AFF Cup at the National Stadium here on Saturday.

Captain Zaquan Adha Radzak handed Malaysia the lead by netting his fifth international goal of the season by converting a Norshahrul Idlan Talaha’s pass after 17 minutes.

A Malaysian player heads the ball during the match against the Maldives at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. -NSTP/SADDAM YUSOFF

Tan Cheng Hoe’s men dominated 90 per cent of possession after the lead but they could not turn their chances into goals before the half-time whistle.

After the breather, Malaysia continued to dominate and after coming close on several occasions netted a second through substitute Safawi Rasid in the 81st minute, also assisted by Norshahrul.

Malaysia’s Mohamed Syamer Kutty Abba tries to control the ball during the match against the Maldives at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. -NSTP/SADDAM YUSOFF

Gambian-born Mohamadou Sumareh scored his third international goal on his third cap with a fine finish in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Nov — Pemain Malaysia Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (tengah) cuba melepasi dua pertahanan Maldives pada perlawanan persahabatan antarabangsa di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil malam ini. Malaysia menang 3-0 pada perlawanan tersebut.–fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

It was Malaysia’s fifth win in nine matches this year.

Cheng Hoe’s side will open their AFF Cup Group A campaign against Cambodia at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

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