Malaysia stunned by Vietnam at home

Malaysia were handed their first home defeat since November 2009 on Tuesday as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Vietnam at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Malaysia vs Vietnam

By staff

Goals from Le Cong Vinh and Phan Thanh Hung were enough to hand the Vietnamese their third straight victory following wins over Hong Kong and Mozambique, and already they are looking as genuine contenders for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

Malaysia, on the other hand, were uncharacteristically lacking in creativity in the final third, although that was mostly down to the fact that coach K. Rajagobal had opted to hand chances to a number of fringe players in his starting XI.

However, it was the visitors who started the brighter and they duly took the lead in the 33rd minute when Cong Vinh celebrated his return to the national team by planting a close-range header into the back of the net.

Three minutes after the break, Thanh Hung added a second to put Vietnam firmly in the driving seat.

Desperate to inject some life in his side, Rajagobal threw on a number of his key men, including Safee Sali, S. Kunanlan and Baddrol Bakhtiar, and while they did link up well to create a couple of chances, Harimau Malaya were ultimately unable to find a way back into the game.

Instead, it was Vietnam who were left celebrating at the final whistle after recording their first win over Malaysia since 2008.

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