KUALA LUMPUR: The National hockey squad failed to emulate their earlier success against South Korea after losing 3-6 to the same side in the semi-final of the Men’s Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina, Sunday.
The win was sweet revenge for the Korean side that had lost 2-4 to the national side in their Pool A match.
Korea, the seventh ranked team in the world were simply brilliant, dominating possession in the first half and scored four times without reply to stun the national side and coach Paul Revington, since they had won all their four matches in convincing style.
Hyun Hye Sung opened accounts for the Korean side as early as the eighth minute with a rising penalty corner flick before he claiming his second goal of the match, 19 minutes later with a smart finish following a driving run from the right.
Things went from bad to worse when Malaysia scored an own goal in the 32nd minute before Korean skipper Lee Seung Il drilled home a penalty corner, a minute later to give Korea a huge 4-0 half time lead.–Bernama