After going down 1-3 to Ireland in their opening Group A tie on Thursday in the Intercontinental Cup football competition, the national Under-23 squad made amends in the second group match tonight when they edged Iraq 1-0 at the Petaling Jaya Stadium here.
Mohd Safee Sali made all the difference when he latched on to a freekick taken by Azi Shahril Azmi to slam in the winner in the 30th minute.
Iraq, stunned by this, piled on the pressure and despite all they threw at the Malaysian goal, the backline boys marshalled by Norhafiz Zamani Nisbah and Mohd Nasriq Baharom and goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Mat Nourdin stood firm to deny the visitors.
Malaysia too launched many forays at the Iraqi goal but luck and poor finishing denied them a bigger victory.
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