Saturday, June 7, 2014

Malaysia go down 3-2 to India

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.

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