Pic: Norfaraha Hashim (R).
THE Malaysian women’s hockey team put up a credible performance against Japan before bowing out 4-2 yesterday.
Malaysia, ranked 22nd in the world, were down 0-2 to the No 9 in the world, but drew level at 2-2 before losing out on experience in the last nine minutes of the match.
The Japan goals were scored by Kaori Chiba (third, 63rd), Ai Murakami (12th), Miyuki Nakagawa 68th. Noor Hasliza (55th) and Norfaraha Hashim (61st) scored for Malaysia.
Malaysia next play world No 8 South Korea on Tuesday.
In another match, South Korean captain Lee Seon-Ok slammed six goals as the former champions drubbed Kazakhstan 10-3.
The top two teams after the round-robin league in the seven-nation tournament will qualify for the final.