(Central News Agency reporter Huang Qiaowen, Taipei, 21st) Taiwan’s men’s football team welcomed visiting Malaysia at home in the second round of the World Cup Asian qualifying match today. In the 72nd minute, Malaysian player Lu Yiteng scored a goal, and ultimately lost 0-1, losing 2 consecutive games. , captain Chen Boliang shouted to his teammates after the game: “We will fight back in the next game.”
In the second round of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup and 2027 Asian Cup, the Taiwan team will be in the same group as Oman, Kyrgyzstan, and Malaysia for a home and away double round-robin match. The top two teams in the group will advance to the third round and obtain tickets to the 2027 Asian Cup intra-conference match. .
The Taiwanese team, ranked 152nd in the world, had a bad start in the first game, losing 0-3 to Oman in an away game. Today, they faced Malaysia, ranked 137th, at the Taipei Track and Field Stadium at home, attracting 9,521 spectators.
Malaysia had a lot of offense in the first half, including a cross from the bottom line in the 40th minute, and Taiwan goalkeeper Pan Wenjie made a save. In the 43rd minute, Malaysian player Faisal Halim received a pass from teammate Arif Aiman Hanapi. He took a shot, but the ball bounced out of the post.
The Taiwan team could only defend passively in the first half. Although Malaysia’s offense brought many threats to the Taiwan team, they all failed. Both sides failed to score the opponent’s goal in the first half.
Malaysia’s offensive resumed in the 72nd minute. Lu Yiteng scored a goal and broke the deadlock. The Taiwan team was unable to reverse the situation and eventually lost 0-1.
Taiwan team captain Chen Boliang said in an interview with the broadcast unit after the game that he was excited and moved to return to the home court after five years. “It was really happy to see so many fans coming to the stadium to cheer for us.”
Although Chen Boliang thought it was a pity that he failed to win at home, he still affirmed the performance of all members of the Taiwan team. He praised the Taiwan team for being more mature than before, and looked forward to more young and Mesozoic players coming forward to play for the Taiwan team in the future. Fight hard.
Talking about the chemical effect brought about by the return of Taiwan men’s football head coach Gary White, Chen Boliang revealed that the coach helps the players to build their minds before the game, so that the players are more confident to perform on the field and eager to win the game. .
Chen Boliang emphasized that the feeling of losing is definitely not good, but he hopes his teammates can remember this feeling, “We will fight back in the next game.”
After losing two games in a row, the Taiwanese team will face Kyrgyzstan at home in March next year. Chen Boliang also shouted to the fans, hoping that more fans will come to the stadium to cheer and keep the victory at home together. (Editor: Zhang Yajing) 1121121