After two World Cup 2026 – Asian Cup 2027 second-round qualification matches, Malaysia would finish the year as the best South-East Asian squad for Group D. Did you know that? It is looking good for the Malaysia football team after they bagged the victory in the World Cup Qualifier 2026.
World Cup 2026 Qualifiers
A national association football team must play a series of competitive games known as the FIFA World Cup. This is to allow qualification process in order to be eligible for one of the available spots in the FIFA World Cup finale.
Harimau Malaya Secured A Spot
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On November 21, at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, the Malaysian football team defeated Taiwan in their Group D encounter. This is all thanks to a goal from striker Darren Lok.
After substituting for Paulo Josue in the 62nd minute, Lok took advantage of a goalmouth tussle and scored. The victory score took place in the 72nd minute.
Came First In Group D
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With this victory, Malaysia’s struggles against Taiwan in the Taipei Municipal Stadium were ended. They took the lead with six points.
Although Malaysia dominated the first half of the match, they were unable to continue taking their opportunities. Taiwan’s tenacious defense stopped Malaysia’s attempts even after the interval. Darren’s fifth goal in 23 games reversed the tide to Malaysia’s advantage, making it difficult for Taiwan to mount a successful counterattack.
After winning their first two games, Malaysia will play against Oman for the second spot on March 21, 2024.
Their Second World Cup Qualifiers
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Malaysia appears to be headed in the right direction this time around. This is due to the fact that they have already recorded seven victories this year, including victories over three teams ranked higher than them.
They only suffered two losses, with one victory coming over India (ranked 102 in the world), and two draws against Syria (ranked 94) and China (ranked 80). Impressive is definitely an understatement.
Right now, they are starting to show their stripes and fangs. Looking forward to team Malaysia to continue roar-ing in the World Cup Qualifier 2026 season. Let’s together wish them the best in their upcoming matches.