Malaysia thump Laos 4-0 in Suzuki Cup as Safawi shines with hat-trick

Malaysia thump Laos 4-0 in Suzuki Cup as Safawi shines with hat-trick

9/12/2021 4:20:00 PM

Malaysia thump Laos 4-0 in Suzuki Cup as Safawi shines with hat-trick

SINGAPORE: Nippy winger Safawi Rasid struck a brilliant hat-trick to inspire Malaysia to a 4-0 victory over Laos on Thursday (Dec 9) for their second straight win in Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020. Harimau Malaya head coach Tan Cheng Hoe was credited for his bold move in revamping the mi

SINGAPORE: Nippy winger Safawi Rasid struck a brilliant hat-trick to inspire Malaysia to a 4-0 victory over Laos on Thursday (Dec 9) for their second straight win in Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.Harimau Malaya head coach Tan Cheng Hoe was credited for his bold move in revamping the midfield and attack, resulting in a more effective performance from his men compared to their

opening 3-1 win over Cambodiaon Monday.Laos started the game at Singapore's Bishan Stadium by pounding the Malaysian goalmouth with three attempts in the first five minutes.But they were caught flatfooted when Malaysia launched a counterattack, with Safawi coolly tapping in a pass from Arif Aiman in the seventh minute.

Three minutes later, Malaysia nearly doubled their lead, but Syafiq Ahmad’s header hit the post while the follow-up attempt by skipper Aidil Zafuan hit the bar.Laos striker Billy Ketkeophomphone in action during his side's AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 group stage match against Malaysia at the Bishan Stadium on Dec 9, 2021. (Photo: SPORTFIVE) headtopics.com

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Malaysian fans cheer during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 group stage match between Malaysia and Laos at the Bishan Stadium on Dec 9, 2021. (Photo: SPORTFIVE)Malaysia's Safawi Rasid celebrates after scoring in his side's AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 group stage match against Laos at the Bishan Stadium on Dec 9, 2021. (Photo: SPORTFIVE)

Laos coach V Selvaraj during his side's AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 group stage match against Malaysia at the Bishan Stadium on Dec 9, 2021. (Photo: SPORTFIVE)Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe during his side's AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 group stage match against Laos at the Bishan Stadium on Dec 9, 2021. (Photo: SPORTFIVE)

It was then left to Safawi to make it 2-0 for Malaysia when his header, off a corner taken by Arif Aiman from the left, sailed past Laos goalkeeper Keo-Oudone Souvannasangso in the 34th minute.Malaysia continued to hammer Laos' defence in the second half.

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First, midfielder Baddrol Bakhtiar's powerful long-range drive missed the target by inches in the 56th minute. Three minutes later, Safawi’s free-kick attempt was pushed out by Keo.Malaysia then brought on striker Shahrel Fikri to replace Luqman, and the substitute had two chances in two minutes to find the net. headtopics.com

But his 72nd-minute effort was saved by Keo while his 73rd-minute attempt hit the post.Malaysia, however, did not have to wait long for the third goal as, off a quick counterattack, defender Shahrul Saad received a through pass from Baddrol to slot home in the 78th minute.

Two minutes later, Safawi completed his hat-trick with his fourth goal of the tournament when he latched onto a through pass from substitute R Kogileswaran, before steering a grounder to the right side of the Laos goalmouth.

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