02 Nov 2016
Pakistan outclass Malaysia Featured
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.
This defeat has virtually ruled out Malaysia's chances of competing for the trophy in Sunday's final.
"We tried very hard but there were mistakes, especially second and third goal. We gave the ball away. Possibly the players are tired, especially those who came from Kuantan.
"The next two matches we have to concentrate better and hope for the best in regards to the final classification. Japan is next and they are improving, as we saw them against England."
Pakistan were 2-0 up even before Malaysia got out of gear as the visitors, who have won three out of three thus far, scored through Abu Mahmood's sixth minute penalty corner and Muhammad Dilber's 20th minute strike from open play.
Malaysia responded in the 25th minute through Najmi Farizal Jazlan's penalty corner but Shah Irshad restored the two goal advantage in the 30th minute.
Pakistan piled more misery on the hosts through Ullah Sami in the 46th minute. Pakistan even briefly went two men down but Malaysia were so inept that they could not capitalise.
"There was nothing special from us. We knew Malaysia good side at their home ground. We were mentally prepared and expected things to be physical. We proved we are fit today," said Tahir Zaman.
"This tournament is full of surprises, but we are focused and keen on making the final. Match against Australia is crucial. We have to ability to beat them."
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