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Maloney delighted with Harimau Muda's win over Laos

12/05/2022 05:00 AM

NAM DINH (Vietnam), May 11 (Bernama) -- National men’s Under-23 football team head coach Brad Maloney is delighted with their win over Laos tonight as it has boosted the team's chances of reaching the semi-finals in the 31st SEA Games.

The 3-1 win over Laos at the Thien Truong Stadium here was Malaysia's second consecutive victory and it puts the Harimau Muda at the top of Group B with six points after two outings.

Maloney said the win had given his charges the impetus to go and get positive results in their remaining group matches against Singapore on Saturday (May 14) and Cambodia on May 16.

“Of course, we are satisfied with the three points, first and foremost. Laos gave us a tough fight because they have some very high-quality players, but it was good for us to take another step forward in this tournament, and we managed to get the result required,” he said at the post-match press conference today.

In tonight's match, young KV Kortrijk striker Luqman Hakim Shamsudin scored a brace in the 36th and 67th minutes while Muhammad Syahir Bashah chipped in with the other in the 43rd minute.

Laos got their consolation goal in the 85th minute through substitute Visith Bounpaserth.

Meanwhile, Laos Under-23 head coach Hans Michael Weiss felt that his side were unlucky to have had to play three matches in five days while Malaysia had more time to prepare, leading to his team running on empty.

“We had no power (fuel) left in the tank. Unfortunately, all the goals we conceded were soft goals. Malaysia, of course, had a high rate of ball possession but not too many clear-cut chances. I would say they deserved to win, without question, but I wish I had a fresh team.

“We didn’t have the power today, my best player - number 17, who played very well against Cambodia (on May 9), was out. I couldn’t bring him on today while two or three other boys were also not ready to play for 90 minutes,” he said.




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