BANDUNG: Malaysia stunned South Korea in the men’s football competition at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018, edging their more fancied opponents 2-1 in their second Group E match at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium here today.
Malaysia showed no fear against the mighty Koreans and scored as early as the 4th minute when Muhammad Safawi Rasid pounced on a loose ball after their keeper fumbled a catch.
South Korea who had 2018 World Cup player Hwang Hee-Chan in the team piled on the attacks after that but failed to make headway and it was Malaysia who again scored. The goal scorer was Muhammad Safawi again in the 45th minute.
Shell-shocked, the Koreans then substituted Kim Jungmin with Son Heung-Min, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and had also played in the World Cup in Russia, in the 56th minute.
Their attacks came non-stop but Malaysian keeper Muhammad Haziq Nadzli, 23, was in top form until Hwang Ui Jo managed to get past him in the 87th minute.
It was the second win for the national Under-23 squad which put them in top spot in Group E with six points.
The team coached by Datuk Ong Kim Swee had defeated Kyrgzstan 3-1 in their opener on Wednesday.
South Korea are in second spot with three points while Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain only have a point a piece after playing to a 2-2 draw in the second group match.
Bahrain had lost 0-6 to South Korea earlier.
Malaysia next play Bahrain in their final group match on Aug 20.--Bernama