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Monday, December 22, 2014

Malaysia Men's National Soccer Team News

December 22, 2014 - Shukor Adan retires
"Despite narrowly missing out on the glory of lifting the AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia captain Shukor Adan has insisted that he will not be returning to international duty following the conclusion of the tournament.... Shukor received a surprise international recall in September at the age of 35 from coach Dollah Salleh but he insisted that he would not be making any more comebacks for Harimau Malaya. 'I have to retire,' said the Felda United player. 'I decided that this would be my last tournament and I am not changing my mind now. I came back out of my respect for Dollah Salleh and to serve Malaysia and I am proud to see that the Malaysia fans have been behind us all the way.' According to Shukor, who began the tournament in central midfield before moving to the centre of defence, Malaysia’s near-miss was a vindication of Dollah’s decision to recall veterans like himself for the tournament." - AFF Suzuki Cup 

December 11, 2014 - Rahim, Talaha & Adnan score in win over Vietnam
"Malaysia stormed into the finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Thursday, triumphing 4-2 against Vietnam at the My Dinh Stadium to win the contest 5-4 on aggregate. The Harimau Malaya overturned a first leg deficit, where they lost 2-1 at home to a vibrant Vietnamese side on Sunday. However, the Vietnamese could not build on that success and were trailing the return leg 2-0 to Malaysia after just 16 minutes, thanks to goals from Safiq Rahim and under-fire striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha. Safiq scored a fifth minute penalty before Norshahrul doubled the lead in the 16th minute. Malaysia then conceded a penalty which was tucked away by Lee Chong Vinh, before a Vietnamese own-goal made the score 3-1 by the 30-minute mark. Shukor Adnan then headed in off a corner to make it 4-1, leaving the Vietnamese with a mountain to climb as they would have needed to score three goals to even the tie. However, Lee managed to pull another goal back for the determined Vietnamese in the 79th minute, and the Harimau Malaya were forced to endure a nervous last 10 minutes." - The Straits Times

November 29, 2014 - Sali, Rahim & Mahayuddin score in win over Singapore
"A stoppage-time penalty by Safiq Rahim and a shot by Indra Putra Mahayuddin into an unguarded net gave Malaysia a 3-1 win over Singapore today as the defending champions were eliminated from the AFF Suzuki Cup. Khairul Amri's late equaliser had appeared to rescue a draw for the Lions but 2010 winners Malaysia were awarded a spot kick as the game entered added time for a foul on Amri Yahyah. Safiq kept his head to convert and with Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny going up for a late corner, the Tigers broke clear and Indra Putra rolled the ball in from 30 metres to seal the victory and send four-time winners Singapore crashing out of the tournament. Safee Sali had fired Malaysia into a 61st lead with an unstoppable effort from the edge of the Singapore box but Amri levelled in the 83rd minute when he bundled the ball into the net after Malaysia goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat had spilled a Safuwan Baharuddin free-kick." - Malaysian Insider

September 20, 2014 - Joseph Kallang Tie scores brace in win over Cambodia
"Following defeats to Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia in his first two friendlies, the former international led world No. 154 Malaysia to a 4-1 victory over 199th-ranked Cambodia in a friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday. A brace from Joseph Kallang Tie, a Moul Daravorn own goal and a strike by substitute Baddrol Bakhtiar gave the hosts a comfortable win.... And they did not have to wait long to open the scoring, courtesy of midfielder Joseph in the eighth minute. The Sarawak skipper dispossessed Cambodian defender Sok Sovan on the edge of the box and slotted home past the outrushing Sou Yaty.... it was Malaysia who got their third goal in the 65th minute, with Joseph latching onto a through ball from Bobby Gonzales before applying a cool finish.... Substitute Baddrol restored Malaysia’s three-goal advantage with a powerful strike from outside the box two minutes later." - The Star

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