UAE high-five in opener
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The United Arab Emirates got their 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a flying start in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday as they outclassed Malaysia 5-0.

Doubles from Mohamed Omar and Ismael Matar plus one from substitute Ahmad Khalil, seconds after he had come on, rounded off a memorable night for the Emirates and a thoroughly miserable one for their hosts. Malaysia's cause had not been helped with their inspirational captain Shukon Adan missing through a knee injury, but even he would have been hard pressed to hold back the rampaging Emirates team.

Omar gave the UAE the lead in the 29th minute following good work by Abdul Salam Al Junaibi - who had hit the bar earlier in the half - as he slotted the ball past Syamsuri Mustafa. Omar then doubled their advantage with a penalty one minute into stoppage time of the first-half.

Matar ensured that there was no way back for Malaysia as his superb volley made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute which led to the unfortunate Syamsuri being replaced, rounding off a desperate return to the international fold for him after almost a two year absence.

The introduction of substitute keeper Syed Adney Syed made little difference as Matar scored his second after a wonderful solo effort as he beat two defenders and slid the ball home. Khalil was then on hand to make it 5-0, benefiting from another defensive error.