The national Olympic squad failed to recover from Syria's onslaughts in the second half to succumb to a 0-2 defeat to Syria in an Olympic qualifier at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil Wednesday night.
It was Malaysia's second defeat after losing 0-2 to Japan in the opening encounter of the third round at the Tosu Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan.
The Malaysian under 23 squad went down in a hard fought battle after dominating most of the first half but their chances went begging.
The attacking combination of Ahmad Fakri and Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor tore Syrian defence until the breather but to no avail.
However, a lapse of concentration proved costly for Malaysia when Solaiman Solaiman put Syria into the lead hardly five minutes into the second half.
With the spirit of Malaysian players faltering, Syria turned the tide against the home team but missed several sitters before Nassouh Nakkdahli sealed the issue beyond doubt in the 88th minute.
On Sunday, the Harimau Muda squad will meet Bahrain who also lost 0-2 to Japan 0-2 at the Al-Riffa Stadium, Bahrain on Tuesday.