Monday, July 04, 2011

1st Round World Cup 2014 Qualifier - Malaysia 2-3 Taiwan

Malaysia 2-3 Taiwan
(agg 4-4, Malaysia advanced to the second round on away goals rule)

This is not the end of the world, even though we lost to a team of amateur status of Taiwan.

To all Malaysians, especially Glory Hunters, I'm quite sure there will be voices, doubts began to radiate to the same squad that won the AFF Suzuki Cup subsequently held title as Southeast Asia Champions.The title does not mean win are always guaranteed as there will sometimes team would taste low tide or defeat.

Fortunately, this defeat did not result in serious collateral damage,but can provide useful lessons for the students Dato K. Rajagobal.

Shortcomings and ill-disciplined in our fortress was strongly reflected by unnecessary tackles especially in the penalty box and even did not try to prevent Taiwan from making crossings that often exposed the weakness of our backline. However, two world-class goals from Aidil Zafuan and Shafiq Rahim each from set-piece proved vital for Malaysia to qualify for the next round.

I am a bit skeptical towards official honesty which is judged by referee and the linesman from Vietnam, whom managed to judge the game honestly and upon his heart. He managed to give away three penalties in a game even though yes, I agree that our players are not supposed to giveaway any space to the opponent to lay down their acting as it happens for a second penalty made by the Fadli Shas and our keeper,Sharbinee Alawi although there is no direct contact from him.

In my mind, I start to wonder on any possibility of Dato K. Rajagobal could summon Malaysian players who plays in Australia none other than Brendan Gan. Not denying the ability of other players, but my desire that Dato' may let him to be watched by Malaysians during the friendly match in preparation of upcoming second round against fierce rival Singapore. If he competent, why not giving him chance to don our proudest shirt?

To all Malaysian, do not stop believing. Do not by a defeat, you will shun away from coming to support during Malaysia against Singapore's in this July.

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