MALAYSIA let slip another chance to touch the Asia Cup trophy when they bungled
more than 10 sitters to hand the final slot to India 2-0 at the Azlan Shah Stadium in
There was an inspiring performance from Paul Revington's men, but they just could
not score while India had to bring out their best to play in the final against South
The national team will now play for bronze, against Pakistan, who will not feature in
the World Cup for the first time since its inception in 1971.
"I'm sorry that Pakistan will not play in the World Cup, but at the same time
congratulations to Malaysia and India. Malaysia will be back in the World Cup after 12
years, and they have worked hard for it," said Korean coach Shin Seok Kyo.
As for Malaysian coach Paul Revington: "I'm very disappointed with the defeat, as we
created the chances, but did not take them. Now, I will have to motivate the players to
go for the bronze, as that is the only option left."
A good 30 minutes before the match started, the Malaysian flag was displayed on the
scoreboard and patriotic Merdeka songs were played to whip up the capacity crowd.
And Malaysia started on a sizzling note, as in the first two minutes itself, Faizal
Saari and Nabil Fiqri blazed into the semi-circle, but their shots were just inches wide.
South Korea had beaten Pakistan 2-1 in the earlier semi-finals, a result which took
India into the World Cup going by the World League reserve list, and so the second
semi-finals was reduced to the Asia Cup title battle.
The world League format saw three Asian teams qualify for the Netherlands World
Cup next year -- Korea, Malaysia and India.
Pakistan, four-time World Cup champions, will sit out for the first time since its
inception in 1971.
In the first semi-finals, the Korean goals were scored by Jang Jong Hyun (31st) and
Lee Nam Young (40th) while the Pakistan goal was scored by Muhammad Imran (46ht).
Malaysia looked more determined, but it was India who nailed the first goal off their
first penalty corner in the eighth minute when VR Raghunath nailed his sixth goal of
There was never a dull moment 20 minutes into the match, as Malaysia went for
the equaliser but miss again as Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's shot is also just wide, and
the tale of misses continued until the half-time as Malaysia even failed to win a single
After the break, Malaysia kept up the pressure and after another handful of bungled
attempts, they finally win their first penalty corner of the match in the 45th minute.
The ball hits an Indian runners leg and there was a follow on penalty corner but
goalkeeper PR Sreejesh brings out a super save when Razie Rahim made the second
The Malaysian forwardline kept bungling sitters, and in the 60th minute Mandeep
Singh had the easiest task of tapping in the ball from close range to increase the lead
RESULTS: Semi-finals -- Pakistan 1 South Korea 2; Malaysia 0 India 2.
Fifth-Eighth: Japan 3 Bangladesh 0, Oman 2 Taiwan 2 (Oman win shoot-out).
SATURDAY: Fifth-Sixth -- Japan v Oman (8pm); Seventh-Eighth: Taiwan v Bangladesh
SUNDAY: Final -- South Korea v India (8pm); Third-Fourth: Pakistan v Malaysia