MALAYSIA’S World Cup campaign hit another low when they went down tamely 3-2 to India at the Hague, Nether lands yesterday.
After four matches, Malaysia have nothing to show, and their last Group A match is against Spain on Monday, which they need to win to avoid playing in the 11-12th classification playoff.
Spain also had a bad day when they were thrashed 5-2 by Belgium yesterday, leaving them with only one point after four matches.
Seven penalty corners were won, but only one went in as Razie Rahim scored his third goal of the World Cup. The other two goals were against Belgium.
India took the lead in the 15th minute when Jasjit Singh salvaged a botched penalty corner, but Razie equalsied in the 46th minute to inject so hope.
However, a brace from Akashdeep Singh in the 49th and 51st minutes made it a tall order for coach K. Dharmaraj’s men.
Marhan Jalil narrowed the losing margin with a 61st minute goal, but Malaysia failed to make a comeback and will now have another mammoth task when they play Spain.
India had nine shots on target, while Malaysia had five and scored two.
The match was lost in the first half itself, as Malaysia played like lost kittens, and allowed too much of space for India to dominate.