UAE recover from early setback as Ali Mabkhout brace earns 2-1 win over Malaysia

Matt Jones - Editor 19:15 10/09/2019
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Mabkhout scored his 50th and 51st UAE goals in a 2-1 win.

The UAE fell behind after just 33 seconds but recovered brilliantly to begin their 2022 World Cup-qualifying campaign with victory over Malaysia – the first official one of the Bert van Marwijk era.

Van Marwijk’s new-look side – a mix of exciting youth and experienced old heads – had their struggles, especially early on, when they fell behind to Syafiq Ahmad’s header with half a minute on the clock.

The hosts started rapidly at a raucous Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur but a brace either side of the break from lethal Ali Mabkhout – who reached half a century of goals from just 80 caps – secured a hard-fought and deserving win.

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