Hockey fans were at the edge of their seats for the first 8 minutes of the Malaysia – Japan game on the 4th day of the 9th Asia Cup. This happened when Japan, ranked 16, took a commanding 2-0 lead against the home team in just 8 minutes after the start of this crucial match.
Fortunately, Malaysia woke up from their slumber in time to level the score before the end of the first half.
The second half saw the Malaysians working very hard to be on top. But things happened only in last 10 minutes of the game when Faisal Saari scored in the 60th minute followed by Azlan Misron, 6 minutes later.
Revington was concerned when Japan took the lead. “The team stood their ground and once they got a goal they would go on to score more goals, which they did.”
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who was present for the first time, had reservations about the team’s performance. “We’ve to play better if we want to win the Asia Cup. We need to overcome our weaknesses and take chances.”
The home team has qualified for the semi-final and is expected to play India on Friday, August 30.