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Malaysia to play Asian Cup qualifiers vs. North Korea on neutral soil

John Wilkinson feels Malaysia's Nelo Vingada should be given more time in charge despite a winless 2017 campaign.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss who has the edge heading into the return legs of the Malaysia Cup semifinals.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the third postponement of Malaysia's AFC Cup qualifier against North Korea.

Malaysia will play both their AFC Asian Cup qualifying matches against North Korea on neutral territory, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed on Friday.

Their three-time rescheduled game in Pyongyang will now take place on Nov. 10 at a yet-to-be-announced neutral venue. The same stadium will host Malaysia's "home" match against the North Koreans on Nov. 13.

"We are pleased that the two member associations, after much discussion, have been agreeable to this arrangement," AFC general-secretary...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia could play Asian qualifier vs. N Korea on neutral soil - AFC

John Wilkinson feels Malaysia's Nelo Vingada should be given more time in charge despite a winless 2017 campaign.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says Malaysia's rescheduled 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match away to North Korea could be played at a neutral venue.

With the Group B clash postponed three times due to security concerns and strained diplomatic ties between the nations, the Asian body added that a decision would be made at the end of this week.

The most recent rescheduled date was Oct. 5 for the match in Pyongyang, but it was called off after Malaysian authorities issued a travel ban on its...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia lack Asian Cup game plan, discipline under coach Vingada

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the third postponement of Malaysia's AFC Cup qualifier against North Korea.

Red cards, a lack of goals and no victories... Malaysia have gone from bad to worse this year, and their latest qualifying defeat leaves them teetering on the brink of elimination on the road to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Despite bold talk from the new hierarchy about improvements in Malaysian football, coach Nelo Vingada has now overseen five winless matches, with four defeats, including Tuesday's night's 2-0 loss in Hong Kong.

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Here are three thoughts on their latest setback:

1. Failure of Vingada's...

Socceroos' World Cup playoff evokes memories of Uruguay miracle

Australia and Syria will go head-to-head in the first round of a series of playoffs on the road to next year's World Cup.

The opening leg on neutral soil in Malacca, Malaysia, on Thursday will be followed by the second leg in Sydney on Oct. 10.

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The winners will face the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF zone in another two-legged playoff for a place at Russia 2018.

Here are five memorable playoffs from around the region:

North Korea v Australia, Phnom Penh, 1965

It was the days before the World...