Malaysia were in disappointing form on Wednesday as they were beaten 3-0 by Syria in their penultimate warm-up game for the upcoming 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
It took the Syrians just four minutes to open the scoring at the Shah Alam Stadium when Nadim Sabagh latched onto a loose ball outside the box, before unleashing a left-footed strike that took a wicked deflection and sailed past a hapless Farizal Marlias.
The visitors then doubled their advantage three minutes after the break as Sanharib Malki poked home on the rebound from two yards, after S. Kunanlan had initially made a crucial block on the line to keep out a goal-bound header.
And in the 67th minute, the contest was effectively over when Omar Khribin made it 3-0 as he was left with a simple header into the unguarded net, following a glaring error by Farizal that saw him push a harmless cross into the path of the Air Force SC striker.
Harimau Malaya have one final friendly to play before they kick off their Suzuki Cup campaign, when they travel to My Dinh Stadium to take on Vietnam on November 16.
Dollah Salleh’s charges will be looking to qualify for the semi-finals from a difficult Group B that also includes hosts Singapore, three-time champions Thailand and up-and-coming Myanmar.
Malaysia line-up: Farizal Marlias, Mahalli Jasuli (Aidil Zafuan 61’), Fadhli Shas, Muslim Ahmad, Azmi Muslim, Shukor Adan (Badhri Radzi 73’), Baddrol Bakhtiar (Hafiz Kamal 61’), Azamuddin Akil (Indra Putra Mahayuddin 71’), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, S. Kunanlan, Amri Yahyah (Abdul Manaf Mamat 70’).