Malaysia get nervy opening win over Brunei

Lacking the killer instincts in the final third, Malaysia Under-22s only managed a 2-1 win over minnows Brunei in the SEA Games Group A opener at Shah Alam Stadium on Monday.

The hosts took the lead after just four minutes as Safawi Rashid unleashed a stunning volley past custodian Haimie Anak Nyaring from a Matthew Davies cross from the right.
What looked to be the start of a routine win came undone just eight minutes later after Adam Nor Azlin and Irfan Zakaria were caught wanting from long ball over the defence.
Zulkhairy Hady Razali made the most of the situation and found himself with only custodian Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim to beat for the equaliser.
The Malaysians struggled to break down Kwon Oh-Son's men, especially in the final third as the likes of Jafri Firdaus Chew and Syafiq Ahmad were heavily marked.
The second goal eventually came at the hour-mark after Adam rose to head home Safawi's corner. Safawi had tested the Brunei goalkeeper several times before Adam's goal.
Malaysia could have added several more but were wasteful in front of goal.
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