Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lack of spirit dooms Malaysia to 5-1 loss to China

Malaysian coach Norizan Bakar criticised his players for lack of team spirit after his side lost to China 5-1 in their first Group C game at the AFC Asian Cup 2007. "The players should have worked together as a team ... cannot sit back and do individual things. We must forget what is happening tonight and perform better in the next match," he told Xinhua. China's Han Peng and Wang Dong both grabbed doubles and Shao Jiayi was also on target as the 2004 runners-up took an early lead in Group C, sending a message to their title rivals and boosting embattled coach Zhu Guanghu. Malaysian substitute Indra Putra raised the biggest cheer from the disappointing National Stadium crowd when he buried his right-footed strike from 30 metres with 17 minutes to go.

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