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Safawi Rashid keeps Malaysia AFC U23 hopes alive

CHANGSHU -- Malaysia kept their hopes of a place in the knockout phase of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship alive as Safawi Rashid's first-half penalty earned Ong Kim Swee's side a 1-1 draw with Jordan on Saturday.

Safawi's spot kick cancelled out Ward Al Barri's opener, with both goals coming in the first half.

Ong and his team will feel they could have taken all three points after Akhyar Rashid and Matthew Davies both hit the post with second-half efforts.

Having lost 4-1 to Iraq on Matchday One of...

Ong Kim Swee refuses to give up on Malaysia at AFC U23

CHANGSHU - Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee remains confident his team can make an impression on the AFC U23 Championship when they meet Jordan on Saturday, despite a chastening defeat in their tournament opener.

Ong's team were on the wrong end of a 4-1 thrashing against Iraq, a nation that has a strong record at this level having won the tournament in 2014 and reached the semifinals -- qualifying for the Olympic Games as a result -- two years ago.

Next up is a Jordan side that conceded two late goals...