Palestine too strong for Malaysia

Malaysia came unstuck against an impressive Palestine side in their 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers on Thursday, going down 6-0.

FIFA had earlier ordered Palestine to switch the venue for the match from Hebron, in the West Bank, to a neutral venue, but the Malaysian national side departed for Jordan at the end of last week with no knowledge of where the match would be played.

The Amman National Stadium was eventually identified as the venue, but interim coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee's men had little time to prepare for the task ahead.

After holding their own for the opening 35 minutes, Malaysia would find themselves on the receiving end of a late first-half blitz.

Jonathan Zorrilla opened the scoring for the home side in the 37th minute, before Amir Nahyeh struck twice in the next seven minutes.

Nahyeh would go on to complete his hat-trick shortly before the hour mark, as Palestine continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession.

Malaysia resisted for most of the remainder of the match, but would be caught napping again in the dying minutes as Tamer Seyam added a fifth in the 88th minute before Jaka Ihbeishe made it six in stoppage time.

The big win sees Palestine move into third place in Group A, just one point behind the United Arab Emirates, while Malaysia remain stuck on four points from six games, effectively out of the qualifying race for 2018.

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