Japan ensured they stood on the podium at the Sultan of Johor Cup after defeating England 4-1 in the shootout in the third-fourth placing match.

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06 Nov 2016

Australia has never won the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) despite making the final on two occasions.

But they will surely fancy their chances of lifting the coveted trophy at Taman Daya Stadium this time around.

Even years seems to be at odds for Malaysia at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
Pakistan has never made the final of the Sultan Johor Cup in their five attempts so far.
 
So making the final for the first time has given the team the much needed morale booster, never mind the fact that they will be up against Australia, a team that whipped them 8-1 only two nights ago.
05 Nov 2016

Australia has never won the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) despite making the final on two occasions.

But they will surely fancy their chances of lifting the coveted trophy at Taman Daya Stadium this time around.

Australia were clinical in disposing Pakistan 8-1 on Friday to book a place in Sunday's final for the coveted Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC).

The Australia, who only dropped points in the 2-2 draw with hosts Malaysia on Tuesday, can now take their foot off the pedal in their final round-robin match against England on Saturday.

Pakistan, who play Japan next, are still in contention for the final with Japan and England.

"It was really a great all round performance and we responded well to whatever Pakistan three at us," said Australian coach Ben Bishop.

"There's no chance we'll take it easy in the next match. I'll keep to the same players. We ticking a lot of boxes as we progress and I want to continue that."

Australia went 3-0 up after 20 minutes with a double from Tom Craig in the fifth and 16th minute and Blake Govers' penalty corner.

Pakistan's Muhammad Atiq pulled one back from open play in the 25th minute but Craig got his hattrick in the 34th minute with another field goal. 

The Burras continued their free scoring in the second half with a penalty corner by Frazer Gerrard while Max Hendry and Ryan Proctor made in 7-1 with field goals in the 50th and 64th minute respectively. Proctor scored another in the 68th minute to cap a perfect night.

"I never expected it because we had expectations of a win despite Australia being a very strong side. Maybe some of the players were complacent after beating Malaysia on Wednesday.

"We must bounce back against Japan. They are another strong side and been improving from the first match here in Johor," said Tahir Zaman.

England revived their hopes of reaching Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) final after defeating bottom-placed New Zealand 4-2 on Friday.

The English defeated Malaysia 3-1 in their opening match before squandering a two-goal lead to Pakistan to draw 2-2 and stunned by Japan 2-1 on Wednesday.

It was a pathetic display as Malaysia succumbed to a humiliating 4-1 defeat in the hands of Pakistan at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) on Wednesday.

The players were listless, lacked cohesion and were glaringly unfit as a result of playing three matches on consecutive days. Wallace Tan's men were left chasing shadows all night as Pakistan exploited the lack of pace in the Malaysian defence.
 

Australia were back in style on Wednesday after coming back from goal down to defeat New Zealand 9-1 at the Taman Daya Stadium.

02 Nov 2016
After letting in six without a reply against Australia, any thoughts of Japan being whipping boys at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) were thrown out of the window after they made England their second scalp of the tournament on Wednesday.
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