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Malaysia overcome gritty Wales

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 23/4/2019 Jugjet Singh
a person wearing a costume: Malaysia’s Faizal Saari © Provided by Media Prima Malaysia’s Faizal Saari

KUALA LUMPUR: Wales, ranked 24th in the world, gave Malaysia a tough time today in a friendly leading to the FIH Series Finals starting on Friday.

It looked like both sides did not hold back any punches as Malaysia edged Wales 2-0.

Wales, who are in Group A with Canada, Austria and Belarus, displayed some super defending to hold Malaysia at bay until the second quarter.

Malaysia won their first penalty corner in the 20th mninute, and Faizal Saari scored with ease.

Meor Azuan Hassan scored the second off a reverse stick.

But that were the only two brilliant moments showed by World No 13 Malaysia who will open accounts against Brazil on Friday, followed by China on April 28 and Italy on April 29.

The top two teams in each group qualify for the semi-finals, while the second and third placed teams in each group play for the other two semis slots.

Malaysia, ranked second behind Canada in the tournament, must finish tops in their group to avoid any embarrassment as Brazil (27th), China (14th) and Italy (32nd) are all ranked below the hosts.

Today’s friendly showed that rankings can't be taken for granted in this pre-Olympic qualifer.

Entrance is free on tournament days, and there will be lucky draws as well as a chance to win five scholarship worth a total of RM100,000 at Unitar International University.

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