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Debutants Malaysia make history, stunning Saudi Arabia to reach AFC U23 quarters

A first-half Daniel Amier Norhisham strike proved decisive as Malaysia stunned Saudi Arabia 1-0 to seal a historic place in the AFC Under-23 Championship quarter-finals.

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Malaysia, who are making their first appearance in the competition, were never given much hope of going close to a place in the knock-out rounds, but Ong Kim Swee's men have fought tooth and nail to progress.

The Young Tigers' previous best achievement on the continental stage was the last eight at the 2014 AFC Under-16 Championship and the 2004 AFC Youth Championship. But with the win, they become the first ever ASEAN team to reach the final eight.

The Malaysians lost their opening match 4-1 to Iraq on January 10 but rebounded to hold Jordan 1-1 in their second match and then defeat the Saudis on Tuesday

The Malaysians lost their opening match 4-1 to Iraq on January 10 but rebounded to hold Jordan 1-1 in their second match and then defeat the Saudis on Tuesday.

Daniel Amier's well taken strike flew past Amin Al Bukhari after the Saudis failed to clear Matthew Davies' shot in the 28th minute. Kogileswaran Raj, who came in for an off-form Jafri Firdaus Chew in the line-up, won a free-kick that led to the goal.

Saudi Arabia threw everything forward in the second half but they struggled to get a clear attempt at goal. Hamdan Al Shamrani was sent off in stoppage time.

Malaysia, who finished behind Iraq in the Group C, now await the outcome of Group D's matches on Wednesday. Group D leaders South Korea face Australia while Vietnam, who stunned the Olyroos on Sunday, play Syria.

Photo: Football Association of Malaysia