Salleh: I don’t know what happened

Malaysia Super League: Leandro Velasquez GOLAZO for JDT

Malaysia head coach Dollah Salleh was at a loss of words after his side suffered the worst loss in their history when they were thrashed 10-0 by the United Arab Emirates in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday. 

Malaysia, who were hammered 6-0 by Palestine in their last World Cup qualifier in June, struggled right from the get-go, with UAE striker Ahmed Khalil scoring four goals, while fellow forward Ahmed Ali Al Abri recorded a hat-trick. Mohanad Salem Al-Enezi, Habib Fardan and Mohamed Ahmad also got their names on the scoresheet. 

Malaysia looked out of their depth in Abu Dhabi and Salleh even switched goalkeepers in an attempt to stem the bleeding. After conceding four goals in the first 25 minutes, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat was replaced by Zamir Selamat. However, Selamat fared no better and was substituted off for Mohd Khairul Azhan after he sustained an injury in the 60th minute. 

Speaking after the match, Salleh found it hard to put his side's performance into words. 

"I don’t know what happened tonight," Salleh told reporters. "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."

Malaysia will take on Saudi Arabia in their next World Cup qualifier, which will be held at the Shah Alam Stadium on September 8.