Malaysia turn tables on France

KUALA LUMPUR: Defender Razie Abdul Rahim converted two penalty corners to help Malaysia overcome France 4-2 in their second friendly match at Waterloo Ducks Hockey Club in Belgium today.

Razie gave Malaysia the lead in the 17th minute and scored their fourth goal in the 54th minute.

The other two goals came from Aminuddin Zain in the 28th off a penalty corner and Ramadan Rosli's field attempt in the 45th.

France, who won the first match 3-2 on Tuesday, took the lead in the sixth minute and their other goal was scored in the 28th minute.

Malaysia had a penalty shootout practice with France after the match, but lost 6-5.

National coach Arul Selvaraj said France had more ball possession (57 per cent) than his men.

"France earned a total of 16 penalty corners and they scored two while we managed to get six and scored three. Our penalty corner conversion rate was quite good but they created more scoring opportunities than us."

The tour to Europe is part of Malaysia's preparations for the World Cup in India in January.

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