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Bukit Jalil Stadium: Seven memorable (and not-so-memorable) Malaysia matches you will remember

Malaysia returns to the renovated Bukit Jalil Stadium for the first time since their 6-0 defeat to Palestine in November 2015, with the Tigers taking on Mongolia in a friendly on Thursday. FourFourTwo looks back at seven classic matches Harimau Malaya played at the venue.

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MALAYSIA 4 MYANMAR 0 (OCTOBER 8, 2003)

The stadium hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games but it wasn’t until 2002 that Malaysia started calling it home as they were previously playing at the historic Merdeka Stadium. Their Bukit Jalil debut was a 4-0 defeat to Brazil, who made Kuala Lumpur a pit stop en route to winning the 2002 World Cup.

Malaysia’s first win in their new home came over a year later when they welcomed Myanmar for the opening match of the 2004 Asian Cup qualifiers.

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A double by Tengku Hazman Raja Hassan, a strike by Sarawakian Gilbert Cassidy Gawing and an own goal by Tun Lin Soe ensured Malaysia made a dream start to the qualifiers.

That win, however, was Malaysia’s only one in that campaign as Allan Harris’ men suffered three subsequent defeats and two draws.

MALAYSIA 1 INDONESIA 4 (JANUARY 3, 2005)

Apart from a 1-0 defeat to Myanmar in the group stages, things were going relatively well for Malaysia when they hosted the 2004 Tiger Cup (now known as the AFF Suzuki Cup).

Confidence was sky high after Bertalan Bicskei’s men defeated Indonesia 2-1 in the semi-final first leg at the famous Gelora Bung Karno, courtesy of a Liew Kit Kong double.

Playing the second leg in front of a packed Bukit Jalil crowd should have been routine and thing were going as planned when Khalid Jamlus put the Tigers ahead in the first half.

Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto's goal just before the hour-mark inspired a comeback and Charis Yulianto later levelled the tie on aggregate. Ilham Jaya Kesuma and Boaz Solossa found the back of the net to seal the win in regulation time.

Indonesia lost 5-2 on aggregate to Singapore in the final, while Malaysia defeated Myanmar 2-1 to finish third.

MALAYSIA 6 AFGHANISTAN 0 (OCTOBER 20, 2008)

This was when Malaysia recorded their biggest win at Bukit Jalil, coming during the Merdeka tournament, while their biggest defeat at the venue is by the same scoreline in that match against Palestine in 2015.

An impeccable group stage record saw Malaysia score 14 goals and concede none against Sierra Leone’s under-20s, Nepal and Afghanistan in the group stage.

Against Afghanistan, Ashaari Samsudin opened the scoring after 21 minutes and doubled his tally in the second half to put Malaysia 4-0 up, following Nizaruddin Yusof and 19-year-old Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak's goals minutes before the break.

Safee Sali and Hairuddin Omar scored a goal each late in the second half to ensure an emphatic 6-0 win.

B. Satiananthan's charges marched to the final after defeating Myanmar 4-0 in the last four, only to go down on penalties against Vietnam under-22.

Malaysia did not concede a single goal during the tournament.

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