Analysis

Player Ratings: Safawi, Irfan among heroes in Malaysia win

Malaysia pulled off one of the shocks of the Asian Games football tournament after Safawi Rasid’s brace gave them a momentous 2-1 victory over defending champions South Korea in Group E.

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Here is how Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s men battled their way to a last-16 spot.

Player Ratings (1-10)

Haziq Nadzli (7.5) – Pulled off a stunning save from close range to deny Hwang Hee Chan in the first half. Apart from one poor goal kick, Haziq was composed and commanding. He is improving with every game.

Dominic Tan (7.5) – Another stupendous performance from this young centre-back. His last ditch sliding tackles at full stretch help halt South Korea from penetrating through the middle.

Adam Nor Azlin (7) – A much improved performance from the first game. Adam linked up well with Irfan Zakaria and Dominic Tan to keep the Koreans at bay for most parts of the match.

Irfan Zakaria (8) – The Kuala Lumpur stopper probably played the game of his life. He covered every blade of the pitch in the penalty box, and put his body on the line to block every shot that came his way.

Rizal Ghazali (7.5) – Rizal put his experience, intensity, and his rampaging runs down the right flank to devastating effect. Always kept his marker in check and used his physique to shield the ball well.

Syazwan Andik (8) – One of the standout performers on the night. Syazwan played his left wing-back role to perfection, cutting the Korean threat and pushing forward to help the forwards when possible.

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