Malaysia's Tan calls for focus ahead of Vietnam tie
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe is hoping Malaysia will maintain the momentum which carried them to a 6-0 win over Sri Lanka in an international friendly on Saturday into their Asian Qualifiers campaign.
Malaysia face Vietnam in Hanoi on Thursday in a Group G match needing a positive result after having fallen to a 2-1 defeat to United Arab Emirates last month.
The Southeast Asians had opened their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with a thrilling 3-2 win over Indonesia in Jakarta.
Malaysia’s Tan turns to Aidil Zafuan for experience
Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe has turned to Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak to strengthen the Malaysian defence as they prepare to face Vietnam in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on October 10.
Malaysia conceded four goals in their first two matches - a 3-2 victory over Indonesia while Ali Mabkhout’s double saw the Southeast Asians edged 2-1 by the United Arab Emirates in their second match.
Kuala Lumpur: Ali Mabkhout struck twice as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to defeat Malaysia 2-1 in their Asian Qualifiers Group G tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
Coach Bert van Marwijk was given a reality check on his competitive debut in the UAE dugout as Malaysia took the lead inside the first minute, sending the huge crowd at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium into raptures.
Matthew Davies advanced down the right flank and supplied a pinpoint cross for Syafiq Ahmad who rose high in the space between the Emirati centre-halves and guided a towering header into the back of Khaled Eisa's net.
Jakarta: Mohamadou Sumareh struck deep into added time as Malaysia edged Indonesia 3-2 in their FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group G tie at a pulsating Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Thursday.
In an ASEAN derby which saw Indonesia lead twice, Malaysia came to life in the second half and their determination paid off with Sumareh scoring in the sixth minute of added time.
Turkmenistan’s Miše: We will fight for second place
Colombo: Turkmenistan head coach Ante Miše believes his side will fight alongside DPR Korea and Lebanon for second place in Group H, after they began their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaign with a 2-0 win against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Miše’s men prevailed comfortably at Colombo Race Course Ground, with FC Dordoi’s Vahyt Orazshedov and PFC Lokomotiv’s Arslan Amanov scoring either side of half-time to complete a satisfactory first step on the Road to Qatar and China PR.
While Miše believes Korea Republic, Turkmenistan’s next opponents, stand out as the strongest team in the group, the Croatian boss sees no reason why his side cannot finish this stage of the competition in second place, opening up the possibility of advancing to the Third Round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification as one of the four best placed runners-up.
Colombo: Goals from Vahyt Orazsahedov and captain Arslanmyrat Amanov saw Turkmenistan begin their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group H campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Sri Lanka.
After opening the scoring through Orazsahedov, Turkmenistan went on to ensure all three points at the Colombo Racecourse Ground when Amanov fired home after the break to hand Ante Mise’s charges the ideal start to their latest bid for international success.
The result leaves Turkmenistan occupying second place in the group standings following DPR Korea’s 2-0 win over Lebanon earlier in the day.