Monday, 6 February 2012

Malaysia go down fighting to Bahrain in Olympic qualifier

The national Olympic squad have dropped out of the Olympic Games in London in July when they lost 1-2 to Bahrain in the fourth match of the third qualifying round for the Asian Zone at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama Sunday night.

The loss was the fourth defeat of the squad coached by Ong Kim Swee after losing 2-3 to the same team in the third match on Nov 27 last year at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Earlier, they had lost to Japan and Syria 0-2 each.

In Sunday night's match, the squad which is also known as the Harimau Muda, were shocked by a goal scored by Bahrain's Husain Hashem Mohamed Al Alawi in the 26th minute from outside the penalty box beating Malaysian goalie Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

Former Kuala Lumpur striker Ahmad Hazwan Bakri later equalised in the 84th minute after being fed by Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor to beat Bahrain's goalie Ebrahim Khalil.

Shocked by the goal, Bahrain's temporary coach Peter Taylor substituted three players resulting in midfielder Husain A. Jalil Khalil Al Farhan scoring the winning goal for Bahrian in the 89th minute.

The victory enabled Bahrain to amass six points to remain in third position in Group C while the Malaysian team remained at the bottom without collecting any point after four matches.

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