KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 – It was a nervous affair for Malaysia as they were made to wait till the last stage of the game to seal their second victory of the AFF Suzuki Cup Group A match on Monday.
In their first group home match, Tan Cheng Hoe’s side delighted the 12,000 crowd with a 3-1 win, even though the team were made to sweat by the compact and resolute Laotian side led by V. Sundramoorthy.
Laos drew first blood in the 6th minute when Phithack Kongmathilath thumped in a free-kick past a hapless Malaysian goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
The goal certainly woke Malaysia up from their slumber as Harimau Malaya piled on the pressure with some slick passes and enterprising plays.
The constant pressure paid off after Mohamad Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak finished off a brilliant passage of play between Muhammad Safawi Rasid and Muhammad Syahmi Safari in the 14th minute.
In the second-half, Malaysia upped the ante but were guilty of missing several good chances. Laotian goalkeeper Saymanolinh Praseuth was also impressive as he foiled several attempts in that half.
In the 85th minute, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha proved to be the hero for Malaysia after he bundled in the ball to score Malaysia’s second goal.
In the 90th minute, the veteran forward capped his glorious night by scoring his second goal to gift Malaysia a 3-1 win.
Malaysia won its first game when Norshahrul’s solitary goal edged Cambodia in last week’s Group A match at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Harimau Malaya will next face favourites Vietnam in Hanoi on Nov 16.