Malaysia chase as many goals as possible


PETALING JAYA: Harimau Malaya must make the most of their advantage in front of 59,000 spectators at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil tonight in search of as many goals as possible before flying to Bangkok for the second semi-final of the AFF Cup next Tuesday.

Even so, in the passion for goals, the defense must be alert and not be too exposed because Thailand has a very dangerous weapon which is the top scorer of the tournament with five goals so far, Teerasil Dangda.

Malaysia’s good record against Thailand before may not be meaningful, not to mention that the Malayan Tigers appeared with a different face.

Even so, aware that Gajah Penang has been defeated, it gives the national players a psychological advantage, said former Harimau Muda coach, Azraai Khor Abdullah.

“When it reaches this stage, we have to remove everything. Based on past experience, we have never beaten Thailand.

“The Malayan Tigers are currently balanced in all positions, the secret is that the players are consistent and follow Kim Pan Gon’s instructions.

“The squad this time is not lined up with ‘regular’ players, but Pan Gon’s tactics and planning brought them to this level and it needs to continue until the finals. With the support of tens of thousands of supporters, I am sure we will succeed,” said Azraai to Utusan Malaysia.

Asked which part needs to be paid attention to, Azraai said, the defense needs to focus on Teerasil who is able to present a threat.

“Besides being assigned to score goals, he can play a role in making passes. So you have to be careful with these players, apart from the experienced Thai midfield,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Harimau Malaya defender Shukor Adan said tonight’s first semi-final match was a tactical clash between Pan Gon and Thailand’s manager, Alexandre Polking from Brazil.

“All parts on the field are equally important, Pan Gon and Polking already understand each other’s opponent’s style of play.

“So, tonight will be a tactical match and I hope Malaysia will use every opportunity,” he said





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