Malaysia’s WCQ with Saudi Arabia suspended over flares on field

The match between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia is abandoned after flares were thrown onto the pitch.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A World Cup qualifying match between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia was suspended in the 88th minute Tuesday after fans threw flares and fireworks onto the field.

With the visiting team leading 2-1 when the trouble began at the Shah Alam Stadium, Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk led his players off the field.

The Group A match was officially suspended a short time later.