BANGKOK (21 April 2012) – Malaysia came alive after the break to hit four goals past the Philippines and hang on to the lead in Group A of the AFF Futsal Championship at the Bangkok Thonburi Stadium here today. Today’s hard-earned 4-1 win was Malaysia’s second after whipping Cambodia 8-0 yesterday.
In the first half the Malaysians had a number of shots at goal but were unable to make them count. The Filipinos had a brilliant chance to snatch the lead in the seventh minute when a defensive fumble saw a quick thinking Ahmad Fawzul Hadzir bring down skipper Misagh Medina Bahadoran just outside the semi-circle. Misagh however failed to translate the freekick into a goal.
In the last four minutes of the first half, Ahmad Fawzul and Muhammad Fariq Mohammad both missed opportunities to score.
Malaysia emerged stronger after the break and before long were celebrating their first goal. Muizzudin Mohd Haris easily slipped the ball in after being set-up by Mohd Asmie in the 24th minute.
Just past the half hour mark, Zubaidee Alwee charged in from the left and rifled his shot past the goalkeeper. With six minutes to go, Qaiser Heshaam Abdul Kadir let loose a stiff shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced across the goal line.
The Filipinos had several chances themselves but Misagh and Sajad Allan Aquino Khodarahmi failed to hit the target. But with time running out, Misagh managed to waltz through the Malaysian defence to score. But any hopes of a late comeback were ended when Ahmad Fawzul placed it beyond goalkeeper Daryoush Rey Zandi.