Malaysia U22 3-2 Bangladesh: Young Tigers crowned champions of Bangabandhu Gold Cup

A stoppage time header from Faizat Ghazli lifted Harimau Muda B to a thrilling win over Bangladesh and to a historic Bangabandhu Gold Cup trophy.

The showpiece fixture lived up to its final billing as both teams played out an entertaining five-goal thriller in Dhaka. Coach Razip Ismail’s young charges didn’t take long to stamp their mark on the match with skipper Nazirul Naim scoring a sumptuous free –kick from 30 yards out into the top corner.

Nine minutes later, the Malaysian side doubled their lead through breakout striker Kumaahran Sathasivam who applied a cool finish to a fine team move after he was put through on goal by a visionary Mohd Syazwan in midfield.

Buoyed by the support of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in attendance, the home side pulled a goal back through veteran striker Jahid Ameli after a long throw wreaked havoc in the Malaysian defence. The Bangladeshi national team’s relentless pressure paid off moments later through Yeasin Khan to level the score 2-2.

Malaysia, however, responded and proved their steely mettle with a last-minute winner as forward Faizat Ghazli rose highest to head a swinging corner past Sahidul Alam and silenced the home crowd. The Bangabandhu Gold Cup win marks the first silverware in Razip Ismail’s trophy cabinet at the helm of the Harimau Muda B.

The promising young squad have displayed dominant form in the invitational tournament dispatching Causeway rivals, Singapore, Sri Lanka and eventual finalists Bangladesh, bagging a total of seven goals conceding only two.

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