SKIPPER: Sarjit Singh exchanging mementos with Argentina skipper before the match, Malaysia won 2-0.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian veterans' 55+ team beat Argentina 2-0 Monday to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Masters Hockey World Cup in Terrassa, Spain.
The team, coached by Olympian Sarjit Singh, had earlier beaten Ireland 9-0. They qualified for the knock-out stage with two matches in hand against Italy Tuesday and Germany Wednesday -- to try and top the group.
V. Chandrasegar (45th) and Derek Fidelis (51st) scored for Malaysia.
"We achieved our target of playing in the quarter-finals and now we need to keep the momentum in the next two games to top the group.
"We missed too many sitters against Argentina, and need to improve not only at the group stage, but to get it right in the semicircle during the knock-out as well," said Sarjit Singh, who was former national skipper.
Malaysia are also competing in the 45+ event, and after a 2-1 win over Scotland they lost 3-0 to France.
The 45+ play Germany next to decide their fate.