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Malaysia edge Cambodia in AFF Suzuki Cup as Vietnam cruise past Laos

Kouch Sokumpheak of Cambodia fights for the ball with Malaysia's Mohamadou Sumareh.

Malaysia opened the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Group A on Thursday.

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha scored the only goal 30 minutes into the game when he headed home from eight yards after Syamer Kutty Abba's driving run through midfield eventually allowed Zaquan Adha to send in a decisive cross.

In the group's other game, Vietnam cruised to a 3-0 win over Laos to lay down an early marker for the tournament.

Park Hang-seo's side, who won the regional title in 2008 and are one...

Keisuke Honda coaching Cambodia via video, set to miss first AFF Cup match vs. Malaysia

Melbourne Victory's Carl Valeri says he is pleased to see the midfield partnership of Keisuke Honda and Terry Antonis bearing fruit.

Malaysia's hopes of kicking off their 2018 AFF Cup campaign with a win over Cambodia in Phnom Penh on Thursday have been boosted by confirmation that the hosts will be without mentor Keisuke Honda.

The Japanese star was appointed in August to become general manager of the Angkor Warriors but took on the role of acting head coach in September's friendly against Malaysia that ended in a 3-1 defeat.

With Honda busy on Sunday playing for Melbourne Victory against Central Coast Mariners in the Australian...

AFF Suzuki Cup Group A preview: Malaysia and Vietnam the teams to beat

There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over the five hopefuls:

Malaysia

Form: The exploits of the under-23 team this year have been a very welcome piece of good news that has helped lift some of the gloom in Malaysian football. There have been signs of progression under manager Tan Cheng Hoe, but November's tournament is a major test.

Coach: Tan Cheng Hoe. Thoughtful and studious, Tan is well-liked by the players but that won't...