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Malaysia stuns Saudi Arabia to reach AFC U23 Quarters


Congrats Malaysia, who are making their first appearance in the competition, were never given much hope of going close to a place in the knock-out rounds, but Ong Kim Swee's men have fought tooth and nail to progress.
The Young Tigers' previous best achievement on the continental stage was the last eight at the 2014 AFC Under-16 Championship and the 2004 AFC Youth Championship. But with the win, they become the first ever ASEAN team to reach the final eight.


The Malaysians lost their opening match 4-1 to Iraq but rebounded to hold Jordan 1-1 in their second match and then defeat the Saudis on Tuesday.

Daniel Amier's well taken strike flew past Amin Al Bukhari after the Saudis failed to clear Matthew Davies' shot in the 28th minute. Kogileswaran Raj won a free-kick that led to the goal.

Saudi Arabia threw everything forward in the second half but they struggled to get a clear attempt at goal. 
Malaysia, who finished behind Iraq in the Group C, now await the outcome of Group D's matches on Wednesday. Group D leaders South Korea face Australia while Vietnam, who stunned the Australian will play against Syria.


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