Player Ratings: Timor Leste v Malaysia, second leg
After going three matches without scoring, another three goals at Larkin Stadium on Monday night took Malaysia’s Asian Cup qualifying playoff tally to six goals in two matches, without any conceded. FourFourTwo rates each of the Malaysian players…
Izham Tarmizi Roslan 7
This former Harimau Muda starlet is revelling in the opportunity he’s being given and recorded his fourth consecutive international clean sheet on Monday.
Interestingly, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat was in the running for the starting position but a minor shoulder injury prior to Malaysia’s friendly against Myanmar allowed Izham more game time. The 25-year-old is giving Malaysian coach Ong Kim Swee a selection headache after several decent saves throughout the match, though his distribution could have been better in this second leg.
Fazly Mazlan 8
Still only 22, but Fazly appears to have cemented a starting place in the team after another fine performance that was filled with energy and determination.
Fazly hardly put a step wrong, provided options on the flank and barely allowed anyone past him at left-back.
Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak 6
Stand-in captain Aidil marshalled the back four well, but he was never really tested as the Malaysian midfielders protected their defensive line with great success.
Shahrom Kalam 6
Like his central partner, Shahrom was barely tested by Timor Leste. He did come out on top when the occasion arose, but there is a feeling the Selangor captain could face difficulties against stronger and faster opponents.
S. Kunanlan 8
Was he a left-back or ring-wing? The Southern Tigers’ defender perhaps spent more time in the opponents half, taking turns with Azrif in running at the Timor Leste defence. It was Kunanlan’s cross that led to Malaysia’s first and third goals.
Khair Jones 6
Making his debut, Khair looked nervous, did little on the ball and was taken off at half-time for a more vibrant S. Chanthuru. Yet the Malacca defender with Welsh-Malaysian parentage will remember the night fondly after scoring the opening goal of the match in the 26th minute.
Brendan Gan 8
Speaking of memories, Brendan will remember the week he turned 28 for a long time. Following a standout performance in central midfield in the first leg, the Kelantan star put in another performance worthy of a top rating. He stamped his authority all over the midfield, something the Malaysians had missed since K. Gurusamy and Shakir Shaari.