Malaysia Players Rating: Three points but Malaysia unconvincing in front of goal

Malaysia under-22s only mustered a 2-1 win over Brunei in the SEA Games Group A opening match after a limpless while there were slight problems at the back too. Vijhay Vick dishes out the grades.

IFWAT AKMAL CHEK KASSIM: 6

Ifwat was barely tested apart from picking the ball out from the back of the net when Brunei scored.

ADIB ZAINUDDIN: 6

 4. Adib Zainuddin

Had a relatively easy game marking Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, the Bruneian prince playing in England. The striker had a really quiet game.

ADAM NOR AZLIN: 6.5

Supposed to be the most experienced of the back-three, Adam must take some blame for Zulkhairy Hady Razali’s 12th-minute equaliser after being caught ball watching.

Adam did, however, redeem himself with a goal on the hour mark.

IRFAN ZAKARIA: 6.5

The Kuala Lumpur midfielder, playing in the centre of the back three, may feel he should have provided more cover for Adam when Malaysia conceded.

MATTHEW DAVIES: 8

Back in the team after missing the AFC Under-23 qualifiers, Davies’ experience on the right was telling.

He was Malaysia’s most creative player moving forward and put in plenty of good balls into the box, including the one that lead to Safawi Rasid’s opener.

DANIEL AMIER NORISHAM: 7

Daniel Amier

It was Danial’s hard work that led to the opening goal as he won the ball in the middle of the park before Davies put in the cross.

NOR AZAM AZIH: 7

Azam sat in front of the back three to provide a safeguard. He also initiated attacks from the back and look composed when on the ball.

SYAZWAN ANDIK ISHAK: 5

A skied shot summarised the first half for the left-winger. He didn’t get into good positions like Davies did and struggled to put in a decent cross.

SYAFIQ AHMAD: 6.5

20. Syafiq Ahmad

He looked to take on the Bruneians several times but was often surrounded by rigid defending.

Syafiq also missed a good opportunity when the ball fell for him after Safawi’s shot hit the woodwork.

JAFRI FIRDAUS CHEW: 5.5

 11. Jafri Firdaus Chew

The Penang forward did not look his sharpest and as a centre-forward, he should have really got to the end of crosses into the box more often. He limped off after the hour mark.

SAFAWI RASID: 8.5

Safawi stunned the visitors with a well-taken first-timer volley past Haimie Anak Nyaring after just four minutes and he looked the most likely of Malaysians to add to the scoreline in the first-half.

He also provided the corner that Adam headed home.