Malaysia earn repeat 3-0 win over Timor Leste

Ong Kim Swee's side booked a place in the Asian Cup qualifying group stage following a 6-0 aggregate win over Timor Leste in Johor Bahru.

Malaysia defeated Timor Leste 3-0 for the second-time in a matter of days at Larkin Stadium to seal a place in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup qualifying groupstage next year.

The Malaysians made one change to the line-up that started the first leg on Thursday, with Khair Jefri Jones given his debut in place of Christie Jayaseelan on the left flank.

The half-Welsh Malacca defender looked nervous right till he was taken off at half-time, but he will remember the night after scoring the opening goal in the 16th minute after Ahmad Hazwan Bakri had scuffed S. Kunanlan's shot.

Like in the first leg, Amirul Hadi Zainal was deployed as a striker but he squandered two attacks before Khair's strike.

Hazwan, who before the first leg had not scored an international goal since 2012, took his tally to three goals in two games after his Selangor and former Harimau Muda teammate Azrif Nasrulhaq squared the ball in after dribbling past a couple of opponents in the 58th minute.

S. Chanturu put the icing on the cake after bis burst of speed allowed him to get past right-back Nelson Viegas and volley in S. Kunanlan's edge-of-the-box cross into the six-yard box.

The Tigers will now tour Oceania later this month, where they will play Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Fiji later this month as part of preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers.

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