Thailand King’s Cup: Malaya Tigers lost to Tajikistan in the final
Harimau Malaya’s DREAM of ending their 44-year drought of winning the King of Thailand Cup was dashed when they lost 0-3 to Tajikistan in a penalty shootout in Chiang Mai tonight.
After 90 minutes of action at the 700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Stadium ended without a goal, the opponent’s goalkeeper, Rustam Yatimov emerged as his team’s hero when he saved two early kicks by defender, Dion Cools and central pillar, Muhammad Nazmi Faiz Mansor.
The national squad’s last attempt through winger Muhammad Safawi Rasid, on the other hand, stopped at the crossbar before substitute Rustam Soirov fired a shot towards the right of the goal to give them their maiden championship in the tournament.
Earlier, the final match of the 48th edition saw the country’s head coach Kim Pan Gon make four player changes when overcoming Thailand, 5-3, through penalty kicks, including calling on the services of Muhammad Nazmi Faiz Mansor who replaced Muhamad Nor Azam Azih following his red card. day.
Although Petar Segrt’s team controlled the ball early in the game, Malaysia, ranked 148th in the world, first tested the opponent’s goal but a long-range kick by attack pillar Muhammad Akhyar Rashid was neatly caught by Yatimov in the 10th minute.
The heavy rain that later drenched the field gave Harimau Malaya an advantage to some extent when they started to get the rhythm of the game, to organize an attack against the fortress of the world’s 109th ranked team.
The national team’s best try in the first half came through Brendan Gan, when the Malaysian-Australian born midfielder almost opened the scoring, but his header in the 23rd minute, the result of a pass from the right by Nazmi Faiz, went over the Tajikistan goal.
The match had to be stopped about three minutes towards the end of the first period, when Mohamadou Sumareh failed to control his emotions when he allegedly pushed Tabrez Islomov in the chest from behind, thus seeing the naturalized player of the country shown a yellow card by the referee.
Sumareh continued to be lucky to stay in the game, as his aggressive lunging to tackle Ehsoni Panshanbe in stoppage time did not sway the referee to show him a second yellow card, subsequently ordering him off.
Unwilling to risk losing Sumareh, Pan Gon then replaced him with agile winger Faisal Halim, early in the second half of the match.
Muhammad Safawi had a chance to put Malaysia in front when his left-footed curling shot was saved by Yatimov in the 57th minute before the national goalkeeper’s turn, Ahmad Syihan Hazmi Mohamed prevented Tajikistan from breaking the deadlock by keeping out Muhammadjon Rahimov’s solid long-range shot in the 68th minute.
Malaysia, who seemed to lose concentration in the last 10 minutes of the game, were lucky when Soirov’s goal in the 84th minute was disallowed, after being in an ‘offside’ position and the score remained 0-0 until the final whistle, before Tajikistan lifted the 48th edition of the championship it was through a penalty kick.
source – BERNAMA