Abu Dhabi: Malaysia suffered their biggest defeat ever as UAE trashed them 10-0 in Abu Dhabi.
Three different goalkeepers took the fields for Malaysia in the game, but UAE won comfortably thanks to four goals from Ahmed Khalil. UAE lead 7-0 at half time.
Currently, 98 places separate these two sides in Fifa’s global rankings, but on Thursday night at a balmy Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, they were clearly worlds apart.
Two matches into their Group A campaign, the UAE have collected six points. The East Timor tie was won in June, but it was slow and sluggish. Against Malaysia, it was simply scintillating.
It is just a shame that so few fans came out to witness the whirlwind. If they did, perhaps the sparsely populated capital ground would have reverberated to “can we play you every week?”
That may be a tad unfair on the Malaysians, who spent the majority of the 90 minutes dazed and punch-drunk. They concluded the match, in the words of their shell-shocked coach, limp and leaderless.
“I don’t know what happened tonight,” said Dollah Saleh in the immediate aftermath, as he visibly struggled for words. “We gave away cheap goals, then everything collapsed. The UAE played fantastic football – especially Omar Abdulrahman, a super player. He kills everyone. Overall, I just don’t know what to say.”
UAE 10-0 Malaysia Goal scorers:
(Mohanad Salem 16, Ali Ahmed Mabkhout*3 (22, 33, 75), Ahmed Khalil*4 (24,29,71, 78), Habib Fardan (25), Mohamed Ahmad (37)