Sunday, July 19, 2009

Football: Amri marks return with superb double

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Amri Yahyah could not have asked for a more memorable return to international football after scoring twice in the 2-3 friendly against English Premier League giants Manchester United at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The 28-year-old, back in action after a three-year absence, will go down in Malaysian football history as the first player from the national team to score against the Red Devils.

His first was a real cracker, volleying the ball from a distant past United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in stoppage time in the first-half.

His second came courtesy of a mistake by United’s second choice goalkeeper Ben Foster, who lost his footing in trying to retrieve a back pass from Darren Gibson. This allowed Amri to beat the keeper to the ball

“This is one of my greatest moments ... I will surely treasure it. To score not one but two goals against one of the top clubs in the world is simply amazing,” said Amri after the game.

For his first goal, Amri said it was down to studying Van der Sar’s game.

Speedy: Malaysia’s Amri Yahyah slips past Man United goalkeeper Ben Foster to score the second goal in their friendly match.
“He likes to come off his line and, when I had the opportunity, I took a swipe at goal and to my surprise it sailed into the back of the net,” said Amri, who was grateful for the slip-up by Foster for his second goal.

“The moment he (Foster) tripped, I sensed an opening and I burst past him and he was slow to react. It was an easy goal,” said Amri, who thanked national coach K. Rajagopal for giving him the break by calling him up after a three-year lapse.

Amri has been going great guns with Selangor, having led the state team to victory in the Charity Shield and the FA Cup. Selangor are also two matches away from wrapping up the Super League crown.

Rajagopal said it was difficult to leave out Amri following his consistent performances for the Red Giants in the last couple of seasons.

“He (Amri) has a knack for getting the goals and that is what makes him a different player. He has been quite effective with Selangor and has deservingly won his place in the national team now,” said Rajagopal, who had only included four senior players in the national team, which comprised mostly Under-23 players.

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Taken from The Star Online
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Stanley said...

Malaysia did pretty well. Perhaps football in our country is improving slowly but surely. Btw, i'm visiting from bloggerunited.

yoon see said...

Malaysia did quite well yeah....
I use to follow football too.
Nowadays too busy with work, drawing and blogging!
I am positive that our team will improve along time, no them the support!

wan hafiz said...

Stanley: Welcome my fren from bloggerunited. yeah, may be Malaysia XI can improve more as Malaysians are hoping that Malaysia XI can go further!

Yoon See: I think, Malaysians r losing their hopes for our national team to be the real "Harimau Malaya" . Btw, who knows, we can get the real "Harimau Malaya" Perhaps and hopefully!