Malaysia had a disappointing World Cup qualification campaign, having only 4 points from a win and a draw against Timor Leste. The team lost 6 matches, including a 10-0 defeat at the hand of the UAE on September 3 last year – their biggest defeat in history. They finished the qualification scoring three goals, conceding a staggering 30 goals.
The team was also involved in a stadium scandal in a match against Saudi Arabia, with fans throwing flares and fireworks on to the pitch. The referee decided to suspend the match, and Saudi Arabia was awarded a 3-0 victory as a result.