Late Malaysia collapse leads to Lebanon defeat

Nelo Vingada's first match in charge of Malaysia ended in a 2-1 defeat to Lebanon at Larkin Stadium after second-half substitute Rabih Ataya scored two late goals to put the Lebanese top of Group B of the Asian Cup qualifiers. 

Surprise starter Mahali Jasuli had given Harimau Malaya the lead in the first half after capitalising on a goalkeeper error, but Lebanon pressured the hosts for most of the second half and deserved maximum points.

Goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil looked to be making a routine save in the 43rd minute after Ahmad Hazwan Bakri missed a first-time shot, only for the former to spill the ball and allow Mahali to open the scoring.

The visitors showed glimpses of what was in store in the second half

Thing were going well for Malaysia in the first half as they moved the ball around and limited Lebanon to attempts from outside the box. The visitors did, however, show glimpses of what was in store in the second half.

Miodrag Radulovic's men upped the ante and kept Malaysia inside their own half for much of the second half.

Substitute Ataya, who came on for Mohamad Haidar, scored from a curling shot from the edge of the box in the 80th minute before netting the winner in stoppage time.

Lebanon top the group with two wins out of two while Malaysia, who have yet to play their scheduled opening match with North Korea, are bottom of the group.

Hong Kong and North Korea drew 1-1 in the other Group B tie on Wednesday.