SEA Games ratings: Key changes help Malaysia defeat old foes Singapore
HAZIQ NADZLI: 6.5
A surprise starter considering he isn’t a regular for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). Haziq made a couple of straightforward saves early on but he may have been off his line when Amiruldin Muhammad Nodin scored from long range.
ADIB ZAINUDDIN: 6.5
Had a couple of nervy moments in the first half but the Malaysian captain recovered to marshal the defence well.
IRFAN ZAKARIA: 6.5
Irfan had a decent game and did what needed to be done by clearing Singapore’s long balls into the area. Irfan has been tested to greater extents in other matches before.
ADAM NOR AZLIN: 7
Picked up his game from the first match and never really looked like he was going to get beaten on Wednesday.
MATTHEW DAVIES: 7.5
Did not have the same luxury with time and space that he had against Brunei, but Davies was still solid as ever. He was difficult to beat and overlapped a lot to put in many good crosses, including the one that led to N. Thanabalan’s match-winning goal.
SYAMER KUTTY ABBA: 7
Introduced into the line-up after being rested against Brunei, Syamer looked composed on the ball and distributed it well for the most part, although he lost possession in the middle that led to Singapore’s opener in the 38th minute.
AMIRUL HISYAM AWANG KECHIK: 5
Another one that came into the line-up, Amirul worked hard to deny the Lions space but he was never clinical with the ball and looked out of place at times. He was taken off at half-time.
ARIFF FARHAN MD ISA: 6
Slightly more effective than Syazwan Andik Ishak on the left side of midfield, Ariff got more involved than the player he replaced, but still lacked the end product when delivering a cross or taking a shot.
SYAHMI SAFARI: 5.5
Syahmi started among the front three, probably to inject space. While he did run at defenders, his lack of experience at this level was telling as he was missing the required decision-making after skipping past players and was also taken off at half-time.
S. KUMAAHRAN: 7
The Penang forward replaced Jafri Firdaus Chew in the line-up and it was telling that he got involved in more attacking moves, looking to take the defenders apart and find the back of the net. He was heavily marked but still found space to get a couple of shots in.
SAFAWI RASID: 7
Among the better performers in the opening match, Safawi actually took some time to get himself into this game. He ended the first half by striking the crossbar and was constantly looking to cause trouble in the second half, only to be let down in the final third. He did, however, contribute to Thanabalan’s winner.