MALAYSIAN players looked more like they were preparing for the Razak Cup than the Olympic Qualifiers when they went down tamely to China 4-1 in their second consecutive defeat in two days at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The national players, preparing for the Olympic Qualifier in Dublin in March, are involved in a five-match series against a visiting China side, and lost the opening match on Wednesday 2-1.
Yesterday, it was the same script as they were hammered after a listless display which looked like they were being forced to play hockey.
Faizal Saari gave Malaysia the lead off a field attempt in the seventh minute, but before the half-time hooter, China came back into the picture with a goal from Dong Yang in the 30th minute, while Ng Yu Liu made it 2-1 in the 33rd minute.
In the Dublin Olympic Qualifiers on March 10-18, Malaysia will play Chile, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and hosts Ireland, with only the gold medallist advancing to the London Olympics.
The second half failed to bring out a better display from the national side, as they wasted more penalty corners and sitters which allowed China to grow more confident.
And China sealed their glory in the 64th minute, when a pass from outside the semi-circle was allowed into goal by goalkeeper S. Kumar, who failed to realise that Sun Long was right behind him to tuck in the third goal.
Malaysia were truly beaten, and China mounted another attack in the 67th minute, with Ng Yu Liu hammering in his brace, and China's fourth goal.
China, who will be playing in the Japan Olympic Qualifiers, took the first two friendlies seriously, while the national players just fooled around.
"There seemed to be no urgency in the game, and this led to the biggest defeat against China in recent times. The tempo of the players was also well below what they are capable of, and this must be arrested in the next three matches lined-up," said team manager George Koshy.
Today is a break, before the third match on Saturday where China must be beaten, or no team in the world is going to respect the Malaysian players in international tournaments.