KUALA LUMPUR – The national men’s futsal team were soundly beaten 1-6 by reigning champions Thailand in the second group A match of the 2015 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championship at the Bangkok Futsal Arena in Thailand, Saturday night.
The result allows the host to share six points with Timor Leste and topped the group with goal difference while Malaysia ranked third out of five teams with three points after two matches.
Malaysia got off to a perfect start after after mauling Brunei 9-1, while Thailand thrashed Singapore 8-0 in Group A opening match on Thursday and Friday.
Thailand’s six goals were scored by Piyapan Ratana in the 10th minute, Jetsada Chudech (13th minute), Chaiwat Jamgrajang (15th minute), Sorasak Phoonjungreed (22nd minute), Nattawut Madyalan and Krisada Wongkaeo, both in the 36th minute.
Striker Mohd Khairul Effendy Mohd Bahrin scored the only goal for the national team in the 39th minute, according to the AFF website www.aseanfootball.org.
In the other Group A action, Brunei recorded their first victory after defeating Singapore 2-1 in a match that took place in the evening.
Malaysia is scheduled to meet Timor Leste and Thailand will face Brunei in the third match of the group at the same venue tomorrow.
The annual tournament also serves as the qualifying round for the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) finals in Uzbekistan where the top four teams advance into the final round.