Malaysia may have been defeated by Barcelona last Saturday, but the Malayan Tigers will walk tall after the game because they performed admirably against one of the world’s best club.
While Barcelona retained massive possession in the game, they failed to repeat what they did in Brazil and Thailand, after the team popularly known as the Catalans, only managed to score three goals in Shah Alam Stadium, while allowing Malaysia’s Amri Yahya to strike a wonder goal for the home side.
Malaysia came within inches of getting on the scoreboard first in the 20th minute with some unusually weak defending from the La Liga champions allowing Norshahrul Idlan Talaha to break free, but Victor Valdes was able to get just enough of a touch to have the shot strike the post.
That close call seemed to awaken Barcelona as they started to push the pace, which put a lot more pressure on the suspect Malaysian back line.
The increased pressure on the Malaysian backline worked as Cesc Fabregas got on the board in the 33rd minute when his weak header past sprawling Malaysian goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi.
Malaysia replied instantly to the goal when a clearance attempt by Alba fell right into the path of Amri Yahyah, who unleashed a laser to beat Valdes to level the match with five minutes left in the opening half.
Neymar put his new team back in the driving seat when he provided wonderful finishing touch to defeat Khairul Fahmi.
In the 75th minute Gerard Pique blasted in the final goal of the game to put the match out of reach for the Malaysians as the game ended with Amri’s goal being the highlight for the locals fans, and Messi not even playing in this friendly match.