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Malaysia held to a goalless draw at home

Malaysia and defending champions Thailand played out a goalless draw in their AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-final first leg at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

The result gives Thailand a huge advantage ahead of the second leg in Bangkok and Harimau Malaya coach Tan Cheng Hoe is well aware that his side are now facing an uphill battle.

“We dominated the game and we just didn’t convert our chances. It’s gonna be a tough game in Bangkok but we are confident of going there and getting a result.

“We think Thailand will be playing the same way in Rajamangala, with their attacking force. So we need to focus on preparing the team for that game. We did create a lot chances. More than we did in all our previous games,” he said.

Despite producing a total of 23 attempts at goal in front of their phenomenal home support and dominating proceedings throughout the match, Malaysia were unable find a breakthrough.

And noting his side’s woeful display in the final third, Cheng Hoe added that, “Most importantly, the players need to be sharp in front of goal and score. Overall, the players played well and stayed calm and composed.

“Despite knowing the Thais have more quality, our players kept playing well and I’m pleased with that. Obviously we could have nicked a 1-0 win at least.

“But I’m happy with the chances we created. I’m very happy with the score line. If we had scored, I’d obviously be happy. But now in Rajamangala, we have to go and absorb all the pressure. And I’m confident that we will be able to go and give a good performance there.”

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