Malaysia’s Bakri Ahmad (center) being pressured by a Lebanese Nour Mansour, during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification at Tan Sri Hassan Yunus Stadium, Larkin, Johor Bahru. Pix by Mohd Azren Jamaludin

JOHOR BARU: National coach Nelo Vingada says poor concentration was the main reason his team were defeated 2-1 by Lebanon in Wednesday's Asian Cup Qualifying Group B match at Larkin Stadium.

Late goals by Rabih Ataya cancelled out Mahali Jasuli's first half strike to earn Lebanon their second win in the competition.

"The players followed instructions and defended whenever Lebanon attacked.

"However, we still conceded the goals despite having the numbers in our box.

"We had two or three chances to score on counters but we failed to convert."

Vingada said the lack of preparation time probably contributed to the lapse of concentration in the late stages.

"There is no special formula but I will have more time to work on our weaknesses ahead of our next match in September.

"We were organised and the players played hard," Vingada added.

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