Malaysian soccer team face early exit
Bruising from a 5-1 hammering by Vietnam just two days ago, it was do-or-die for Malaysia when they faced Thailand in a Group A match at the Bishan Stadium today.
A loss would put qualification for the semi-finals out of their hands.
But now, it looks like an early exit from the South-east Asia (SEA) Games football tournament, after the Malaysians lost 0-1 by to reigning champions Thailand.
An encouraging first-half display came undone in the second, as Malaysia finally crumbled to concerted Thai pressure.
Captain Sarach Yooyen broke the deadlock in the 81st minute, thumping in a low drive from just outside the box.
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