Malaysia and Korea Post Big Wins

With World Cup tickets on the line, Malaysia and Korea made a successful start to their campaign on the opening day of the Asian Cup champions at the GBK Arena on Monday.

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Thanks to a hat-trick of penalty kick specialist Razi Rahim in the 6th, 13th and 19th minutes, Malaysia scored a solid 7-0 victory in their first match in Group B. Leading early 3-0, he put them in front. Then experienced striker Faisal Sarri pushed the score 4-0 with a superb goal in the 23rd minute to end the first half with a massive total on board.

A ten minute break gave the Malaysian side time to improve their strategy as they came back stronger in the latter half of the match with better communication and structure for their play. They gave Oman little space to create scoring opportunities, and their defense was good to prevent Oman from turning the few PCs they got.

“I was happy with the way the team finished the game in the first two quarters and that made it easier for the team to finish the last two,” coach Arol Anthony expressed.

Regular goals by Shahril Sabah in the 34th minute, Fayez Jali in the 40th minute and Ashran Hamsani in the 48th minute ensured Malaysia’s victory on points.

“We spent a month in Europe before coming here and it really helped build the team bond. The mentality of wanting to win every game is very important, especially after 3 years of not being able to play hockey. From now on we want to play one game in Every time. Our first goal is to finish second in the pool stage,” added Anthony after the match.

In the second match of the day, AFC Champions Cup winners Korea beat Bangladesh 6-1 in Group B match. Despite the humid conditions here, the team lived up to the billing and put in a solid performance. They overcame a sloppy start, having conceded an early goal for Bangladesh in the sixth minute from a penalty kick by Khurchador Rahman, making sure to convert from the penalties they had created.

Up to four goals came from PC professionals Taeil Hwang (13′), Jonghyun Jang (18, 52′) and Jihun Yang (45) while Hwang also added a field goal to his name in the 22nd minute and Namyong also scored. A goal in the 32nd minute.

“The last time we played in the World Cup was 14 years ago. After winning the AFC Champions Cup in December, we kept our goal of doing well here in the AFC Champions Cup to qualify for the World Cup in Bhubaneswar. “The team played according to It was important to get a big win.”

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