Sons Asian Games hopes rocked by minnows Malaysia

Asian Games football: Malaysia stun champions South Korea

Asian Games football: Malaysia stun champions South Korea

North Korea made a sensational start to their 2018 Asian Games Indonesia women's football title defence, trouncing Tajikistan 16-0 in their opening Group B fixture at Bumi Siriwijaya Stadium on Friday.

Malaysia's goals were netted by Muhammad Safawi Rashid in the 5th minute, and Rasid Muhammad Safawi in the 45th minute, while the only goal for South Korea was scored by Hwang Ui Jo in the 87th minute.

As Group E winners, Malaysia will be coming up against the runners-up from Group D where now Japan and Vietnam are both tied on six points each. But Malaysia's counter-attack in the first round always troubled the Korean defense.

South Korea will round out the group stage against Kyrgyzstan on Monday and will need a big win to restore confidence ahead of the knockout stage. A loss against Kyrgyzstan, now in third with a draw and a loss, could force South Korea out of the tournament.

The men's football competition at the Asian Games features 25 teams in six groups. The top two teams from each group and four best-performing third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16.

The 21-year-old scored in the fifth minute before doubling the team's lead deep into first-half injury time at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung on Friday (Aug 17).

South Korea, however, started badly with a poor defensive effort. Taegeuk Warriors head coach Kim Hak-bum had opted to start the match with Son on the bench, who is one of the three overaged players in the Korean squad for the tournament, perhaps deeming that his charges could edge the minnows without his star player's contribution, like they did against Bahrain U-23 in their Wednesday match. And he's one of four members of South Korea's World Cup squad selected for the roster, along with Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Seung-woo and goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo. But his attempt was blocked by Malaysian goalkeeper Muhammad Nadzli.

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National Under-23 striker Muhammad Safawi Rasid fired a brace to stun defending champions South Korea 2-1 in Malaysia's penultimate Group E match at the Asian Games.

This was South Korea's first loss to Malaysia in 44 years after a 3-2 defeat at the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran. They conceded no goals on that gold medal run. "I regret that", Kim said through a translator. "I think I used squad rotation too early".

Bahrain had lost 0-6 to South Korea earlier.

"I'm very excited, proud and thankful to have helped the team edge South Korea, as well as for the honour of being one of the starting players".

"We gave up too much space to the opponents, and our players failed to keep the ball in the front line", he said.

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Nevertheless, Kim said South Korea will fix the problems raised by this match.

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