Naypyitaw, Myanmar — Malaysia had a difficult time with a determined Brunei team in their opening Group A men’s football match at the 27th SEA Games 2013, but were able to pull out a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Zeyar Thiri Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Malaysian team, the defending champions going into the tournament as the two-time winners of the biennial championship, were constantly under pressure from a Brunei squad that had been thrashed 7-0 by Vietnam in their opening match just two days ago.
The Brunei team appeared determined to show they are better than they looked against Vietnam, giving the heavily favoured Malaysian squad all they could handle for much of the match.
Brunei custodian Mohd Nur Aqamaddin Salehuddin had an excellent game, but Malaysia finally took the lead in the 30th minute when Rozaimi Abdul Rahman scored.
In the second half Brunei stuck to the same game plan of trying to catch the Malaysians on the break, but neither Azwan nor Adi could score despite having several chances, according to reports.
Malaysia scored their second of the game with Ashri firing in from the edge of the box.
Malaysia’s next match is against Laos on Friday, while Brunei takes on Singapore on the same day.