Geynrikh double moves Uzbeks closer
Following a goalless first-half, Server Djeparov broke the deadlock in the qualifying encounter before substitute Geynrikh found the back of the net with two fine strikes to seal the points. Mohamad Zaquan headed a consolation goal for Malaysia.
An Aziz Ibragimov header was the closest the hosts came to getting on the scoresheet over the opening 45 minutes before they went in front with the first attack of the second-half.
Geynrikh found Anvar Soliev and he fed Odil Ahmedov but while the midfielder badly sliced his effort, the ball fell to Djeparov and he forced it over the line.
Geynrikh doubled the advantage in the 57th minute when he found the back of the net with a curling effort from outside the box before repeating the trick eight minutes later.
Malaysia pulled a goal back soon after when Zaquan headed home and the same player then hit the post after outpacing the Uzbek defence as the visitors mounted a late revival.
But it was not enough and Uzbekistan held out to collect the three points.