Clinical Thailand add to Malaysia woes

Malaysia's preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup were dealt another blow on Wednesday evening as they were beaten 2-0 by Thailand at the SCG Stadium.

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Experienced Ratchaburi defender Prayad Boonya had a debut to remember as he opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a header, although Farizal Marlias would probably feel he could have done better as he fumbled the 32-year-old's effort over the line.

Despite being regarded by many as favourites for this month's Suzuki Cup, Harimau Malaya were surprisingly lacklustre and the much-vaunted strike partnership of Safee Sali and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha failed to muster a single shot at goal in the opening 45.

20 minutes from time, the visitors' hopes of a comeback were given a boost when Chonburi midfielder Adul Lahso received his marching orders but they failed to capitalise and instead, it was Thailand who went on to grab a second ten minutes later when Arthit Sunthorpit netted with a long-range strike.

Malaysia centre-back Aidil Zafuan then let his frustrations get the better of him as he too was sent off six minutes from time, capping off a miserable day at the office for his side.

Wednesday's result was Harimau Malaya's second in a row following a 1-0 defeat to Vietnam last Saturday, and they will undoubtedly be looking to get back to winning ways in their next two friendlies against Hong Kong and Sudan, before they kick off their Suzuki Cup defence on November 25 against arch-rivals Singapore.

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