BUKIT JALIL: The national team continued its poor average by beating East Timor 5-1 in the second round of the first round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday (June 11).
Striker Mohd Shahrel Fikri was in his place by scoring three goals in the 10th, 16th and 63rd minutes, while the other goals were scored by Mohamadou Sumareh (36th) and Mohd Akhyar Rashid (53rd) for easy victory in the competition. National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Rufino Gama was the consolation of Timor-Leste with his goal in the 71st minute.
Harimau Malaya beat Timorese's unfortunate 7-1 in the first leg at the same spot last Friday to clinch the tie in the second round.
National team coach Tan Cheng Hoe made four changes to the lineup of the last game by bringing in Muhd Syazwan Andik, Shahrel Fikri, Akhyar and goalkeeper Mohd Ifwat Kamal in place of first-choice goalkeeper and captain Mohd Farizal Marlias , Corbin Ong, Safawi Rasid and injured Syafiq Ahmad.
The changes had little impact on the team, as the team began the game aggressively, arresting the Timorese in their own half in the first 10 minutes.
Shahrel quickly put Malaysia ahead with his cool strokes in the tenth and sixteenth minutes for a comfortable lead.
The two-goal cushion let complacency enter the Malaysian game and
Ifwat gave a penalty kick after dropping Gama after a lapse of concentration of defense, but he redeemed himself saving the attempt of João Frietas in the 29th minute.
Stunned by East Timor's attacks, Malaysia doubled their effort and Sumareh increased Harimau Malaya's lead with their own goal in the 36th minute.
Timor-Leste began the second most threatening time, but Akhyar's goal in the 53rd minute at the entrance of the area calmed the nerves of Malaysia.
Three minutes later, Akhyar got a kick in the place after falling inside the area, but Shahrel wasted the chance his attempt was saved by goalkeeper Fernandes Raul.
However, Shahrel had a brilliant opportunity to reply after 63 minutes, but the angle was too narrow and the shot went harmlessly into the side netting.
With the win guaranteed, Cheng Hoe's men slowed down the game and allowed Timor-Leste to get the consolation of Gama's attempt in the 71st minute.
Malaysia quickly regrouped and saw the game come out for the second easy win.