Qualified to 3rd Round 2012 Olympics Asian: Malaysia 2-1 Lebanon


Malaysia shocked favourites Lebanon 2-1 to qualify for the third round of the 2012 London Olympics Asian qualifiers on Thursday.

After playing the first leg goalless in Beirut last week, the Malaysians took an early advantage at the Bukit Jalil Stadium when Mohd Irfan’s half volley stormed into the right corner of Mohamad Dakramanji’s net.

Wan Zack doubled their lead four minutes from time. The hosts were reduced to 10-man in the 51st minute when Gary Steven picked up his second yellow card of the night.

Defender Chadi Atie pulled one back for Lebanon but the West Asians failed to find an equaliser in front of a spirited Malaysian defence until the final whistle was blown.

The 12 winners from the second round will advance to the third round whose draw is scheduled for July 7 at AFC House.

The 12 teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each in the third round and play on a home-and-away format from September 21, 2011, to March 14, 2012, to determine the winners who will represent the continent at the Olympics.

Three second-placed teams from the third round will clash in a playoff at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF for a berth in the Olympics.

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