Malaysia Player Ratings: Ronny shines again but Malaysia still go out

Some of the Malaysians earned positive reviews after the 1-0 loss to Myanmar in the final AFF Suzuki Cup Group B match, but there weren’t enough standouts as the Tigers exited the competition in the group stage for the first time since 2008.

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat – 7

Khairul Fahmi saved a penalty in the 12th minute and prevented every attempt at Malaysia’s goal, but he was lucky to escape after spilling a few shots. He also saved an early free-kick.

Rizal Ghazali – 8

Solid again at the back again, so much so Myanmar played most of their attacks from the other side of the pitch, but Rizal could not put out the fast-attacking runs down the flank he usually does in the Malaysia Super League

Shahrom Kalam – 7

The Selangor captain stepped up his game compared to the two earlier matches, but Shahrom was occasionally caught by the pace of Myanmar’s attackers.

Ronny Harun – 8.5

Had Ronny not been on the pitch, the match would have probably ended a lot sooner. The Sarawakian skipper was arguably Malaysia’s best player despite not being the fastest around. He read the play very well.

Nazirul Naim Che Hashim – 6.5

Introduced to the line-up to add an attacking option, Nazirul got beaten several times but recovered well most of the time. Myanmar, perhaps spotting a weakness, kept pressing on Nazirul’s side of the pitch.

Amri Yahyah – 5.5

The Malaysia skipper did not have the best of games again. He did play some good interchanges with Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and Rizal, but was often a let-down when it mattered most.

Baddrol Bakhtiar – 5.5

The hard-working central midfielder was another Malaysian who did not enjoy the best of games. He was carded early and his passing left a lot to be desired.

Ahmad Fakri Saarani – 7

Fakri was disciplined in denying Myanmar space in the middle, even coming to Baddrol’s rescue a few times, but the midfielder’s end ball often let him down despite getting past opponents on a number of occasions.

Syazwan Zainon – 6.5

Usually a livewire, Syazwan was tightly marked every time he got on the ball. He was brought down so many times but never gave up trying to take on the home side.

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha – 6.5

Another player introduced to the side for the first time in the competition, Norshahrul dropped into midfield to create space and be involved in some good interchanges. Yet he could not provide enough threat in front of goal as Myanmar kept it tight.

Ahmad Hazwan Bakri – 7

Hazwan was the only player who really tested home goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo, but it was simply not enough. Hazwan, who conceded the early penalty, struck the post after six minutes and looked ready to run at defenders, only to fizzle out as the match progressed.

SUBSTITUTES

Shahrul Saad – 6.5

Introduced to beef up the midfield, Shahrul eventually dropped to defence when Shahrom got injured towards the end.

Darren Lok – N/A

Lok never really had time to settle into the game when he was brought on in the 74th minute.

Safee Sali – N/A

Introduced for the final 15 minutes, Safee couldn’t inspire the Tigers to stun the home side.

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