Razie Rahim's penalty corner goal earned Malaysia a 1-0 win over South Korea in a Pool A match of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London on Monday. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: Razie Rahim's penalty corner goal earned Malaysia a 1-0 win over South Korea in a Pool A match of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London on Monday.

With the win, Malaysia are almost certain of qualifying for the quarter-finals with China to play on Tuesday.

South Korea dominated possession in the opening quarter but were denied by the heroics of Malaysia goalkeeper S. Kumar.

Malaysia, in their first attempt in Korea's circle, scored through Razie when he directed his powerful low flick from a penalty corner set piece past the goalkeeper in the 35th minute.

In the fourth quarter, Korea forced three penalty corners but they failed to convert.

Korea were even awarded a penalty stroke a minute before the final whistle but the umpire later gave a free hit to Malaysia after the video referral revealed that the former Asian champions stopped the ball inside the circle before executing their penalty corner set piece.

Malaysia need to beat China to guarantee qualification.

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