AFC : Malaysia 4-4 Australia


Bangkok: Malaysia rallied from a 3-1 half-time deficit to draw 4-4 with Australia and pick up their first point in Group B of the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship, ASEAN Zone qualifiers on Wednesday.

Having conceded four goals in the last eight minutes of their opening fixture with Vietnam, Malaysia were looking to get their qualification campaign back on track against an Australia side that had hammered Cambodia 15-0 in their Group B curtain raiser.

But the signs were not good for Maizal Hairi’s charges as Shervin Keshvaraz, scorer of five goals against the Cambodians, and Lachlan Wright put the Futsalroos 2-0 inside the first minute.

Qaiser Heshaam pulled one back for Malaysia in the 11th minute only for Danny Ngaluafe to restore Australia’s two-goal cushion with his fourth of the campaign on the stroke of half-time.

Malaysia hit back almost immediately after the restart through Zubaidi bin Alwee and it remained 3-2 until five minutes from full time when Australia scored their fourth of the game through skipper Greg Giovenali.

However, the Malaysian’s did not give up and after Asmie Amir had made it 4-3 with a 38th minute penalty Ahmad Fawzul scored at the death to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Malaysia play against outsiders Cambodia while Australia takes on Vietnam on Thursday in the final round of Group B matches.

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