The Malaysia men's badminton squad lost 2-3 to Indonesia in the third place play-off of Thomas Cup Asian Zone Qualifying Round in Macau, China today.
Daren Liew brought cheers to the Malaysian camp after Indonesia's first singles player Simon Santoso withdrew with Liew leading the first set 7-2.
The second point was won by the pair of Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How who beat Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-14, 21-18 in 26 minutes.
Indonesia came charging back to level the score when Tommy Sugiarto beat Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif 21-15,21-7 in the second singles, while Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan beat Lim Khim Wah and Teo Kok Siang 21-16,21-13.
Malaysian hopes were dashed when Koo Kien Keat lost to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 8-21, 9-21 in the third singles.
However, the national side has qualified for the Thomas Cup final round in Wuhan, China, on May 20-27 after beating India 3-love in the quarter-final on Thursday.