Tuesday, June 10, 2014

M'sia End Group Stage Matches Without Any Win


KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia exhibited a disappointing performance after ending their Group A campaign in the 2014 World Cup Hockey Championship without any win.

In the final group match at the GreenFields Stadium, The Hague, Holland today, the national squad handled by Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah recorded their fifth loss, going down 2-5 to Spain.

The result saw Malaysia in the last position in Group A without any points and will face South Africa or South Korea from Group B for the 11/12 classification on Thursday.

Prior to this, Malaysia lost to defending champions Australia (0-4), Belgium (2-6), England (0-2) and India (2-3).

South Africa will play against Argentina while South Korea face Germany in their last matches of Group B tomorrow, to decide their positions in the group.

In today's game, both teams traded attacks to hunt for an early lead but lady luck favoured Spain who scored first from a penalty corner which was netted by Gabriel Dabanch in the 13th minute.

Malaysia's striker, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil equalised in the 24th minute from a pass by Firhan Ashaari before Spain doubled their score through Marc Salles, nine minutes later. The score remained for the duration of the first half.

Spain scored their third goal from a penalty corner by team captain, Santi Freixia in the 37th minute before Gabriel scored his second goal, nine minutes later.

National midfielder, Mohd Fitri Saari reduced the deficit through a penalty stroke in the 51st minute and Spain confirmed their win with a fifth goal through Sergi Enrique in the 69th minute.

Earlier, Australia became the first team to confirm a slot in the semi-finals with a comfortable 4-0 win over India at the Kyocera Stadium.

-- BERNAMA

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