Early exit for Malaysia in hockey World Cup

The Malaysian Tigers ends up bottom of Group D after losing to Germany. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia were eliminated from the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup Tournament after losing 3-5 to two-time winners, Germany, in their final Group D match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, tonight.

The defeat saw the Malaysian Tigers at the bottom of the group with one point, which they obtained in a 1-1 draw with four-time champions, Pakistan, on Dec 5, according to the tournament’s website www.worldcup2018.hockey.

Based on the tournament format, the top teams from each of the four groups will advance straight into the quarter-finals, while the runners-up and the third best team, have to do battle to fill four more places in the quarter-finals.

Germany, who had already secured a place in the quarter-finals following two straight victories, took the lead in the second minute via a penalty corner by Timm Herzbruch, before Christopher Ruhr scored two quick field goals in the 14th and 18th minute.

Malaysian penalty corner specialist, Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim, reduced the deficit for the national side in the 26th minute, before Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor scored the second goal via another penalty corner, two minutes later.

Germany, however, added to their score via a field goal from Marco Miltkau in the 39th minute, before Muhammad Razie earned his second goal in the match from a penalty corner in the 42nd minute.

Herzbruch dashed Malaysia’s hopes to stay in the competition after scoring a field goal for Germany in the 59th minute.

Malaysia suffered a humiliating 0-7 defeat to three-time winners, Netherlands, on Dec 1 before drawing with Pakistan four days later.