Malaysia match suspended after stadium unrest

Malaysia were 2-1 down against Saudi Arabia in their 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asia Cup qualifier at the Shah Alam Stadium when the match was suspended in the 88th minute.

In what was coach Ong Kim Swee's first match in charge of the Tigers following Dollah Salleh's resignation last week, the match was called off late in the second half after home fans threw flares on the pitch.

After a goalless first half featuring few clear-cut chances, Kim Swee's side took the lead in the 70th minute through Safiq Bin Rahim.

That, however, was as good as it got for the hosts on the night.

Shortly after the restart, the scores were level again when Taisir Al-Jassim found the back of the net and three mintues later, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi put Bert van Marwijk's side in the lead.

Recent results for Malaysia included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Palestine and a 10-0 loss to the UAE, and with another defeat seemingly on the cards, the fans inside the stadium grew restless.

Flares were thrown into the field and as the threat of fan violence grew, Van Marwijk hauled his players off the field.

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