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Malaysia Player Ratings: Tan’s first match ends in draw with Mongolia

Malaysia’s search for a win at Bukit Jalil Stadium continued after only managing a 2-2 draw with Mongolia in a friendly on Thursday. Vijhay Vick rates the players...

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Tan, who took charge of Malaysia in December, is unlikely to be happy after seeing his charges struggle in the final third of the pitch as they allowed Mongolia to score the equaliser twice.

Malaysia went ahead from an own goal by Mongolia captain Turbat Daginaa in the 31st minute but a slip by Fadhli Shas allowed Enkhbileg Purevdorj through on goal for the equaliser three minutes before the break.

Half-time substitute Akhyar Rashid put Malaysia ahead from a deflected shot in the 65th minute but the lead did not last long as the side ranked 188th in the world scored from a freekick in the 71st minute.

HAZIQ NADZLI: 5.5                

The custodian made his debut and he could have had a better night. Usually good with his distribution, Haziq looked nervous at times.

MATTHEW DAVIES: 6

The right-back ventured up the flank many times and will be happy with how he got past some of the Mongolian players, but his crossing throughout the match could have been better.

ADAM NOR AZLIN: 6

Adam looked shaky at the start of the match but he got better and while it wasn’t an eye-catching performance, he didn’t do too badly either.

FADHLI SHAS: 5.5

The lanky centre-back used his aerial advantage to pressure Daginaa into scoring the opening goal of the match for Malaysia but he was also to be blamed for allowing the visitors back in the game.

His slip put Purevdorj through on goal for the equaliser and another poor back pass almost gifted the Mongolians a second minutes before half time. He saw a header strike the post as Malaysia chased the winner in the final quarter of the match.

FAZLY MAZLAN: 4.5

The left-back looked out of depth and struggled to contribute to Malaysia’s game play.

He didn’t venture forward much but he could benefit from the game time as he also plays second fiddle at Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)

AFIQ FAZAIL: 7

His passing in the middle took pressure off in some instances as Afiq provided comfort to the back-four and helped distribute the ball well.