Asian Games: More humiliation for Malaysian men's hockey team

KUALA LUMPUR: The Speedy Tigers lost the script as well as their stripes in the 5-2 mauling by Pakistan in the Asian Games fifth-sixth placing match in Hangzhou today.

The last and only time that Malaysia ended so low since their Asiad debut in 1958, was in 2006 in Doha.

Both teams will be going to Spain or Oman for the Olympic Qualifiers in January next year, but it looks like world No. 16 Pakistan are more hungry than world No. 10 Malaysia for ranking points.

In Hangzhou, Malaysia were only able to beat "Sea Games standard" teams in Group A while losing 4-3 to South Korea and drawing 4-4 with China.

And now this 5-2 humiliation by Pakistan.

Coach A. Arul Selvaraj's men took a fifth minute lead through Aminuddin Zain off a

penalty corner but then crumbled like a house of cards as Pakistan scored four goals through Ahmad Arbaz (eighth), Abdul Rehman (37th), Abdul Rana (51st) and Ammad Muhammad (53rd).

Razie Rahim scored Malaysia's second goal in the 58th minute, only from the second penalty corner of 12 won in the match.

Pakistan had only four penalty corners and scored two goals.

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