Malaysia’s Hopes Dashed

Malaysia lost 2-3 to South Korea in their fourth match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh last night.

South Korea went ahead when Lee Jung Jun scored in the third minute and broke Malaysians’ hearts once again when Lee Nam Yong netted the second goal in the 29th minute.

Malaysian team held on in the second quarter and only scored in the third quarter when Faizal Saari and team captain Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim squared in the 32nd and 34th minutes, respectively. Both the goals came from penalty strokes.

The Koreans fought hard in the dying minutes and Kim Young Jin netted the winning goal, making it 3-2 in the Koreans’ favour at end of the match.

Malaysia’s coach, Tai Beng Haid was satisfied with the players’ performance.

“We didn’t play that badly. It’s just a lack of concentration. We managed to come back even though the players were very slow at the beginning,” said Tai Beng to the media after the match.

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