SINGAPORE – Malaysia lived up to its top billing by crashing host Singapore 16-1 in a World League Round Two, Group A match at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium here last night.
The win, Malaysia’s third in as many matches, saw the top seed in the competition, retain top spot in Group A with nine points.
Striker Faizal Saari was the toast of the Malaysian side when he scored six of the 16 goals with the first goal coming as early as the sixth minute.
Faizal Saari scored in the 6th, 19th, 25th, 31st, 32nd, 51st while Firhan Ashaari (13th, 25th), Razie Rahim (24th, 2nd), Haziq Shamsul (37th, 53rd), Marhan Jalil (42nd), Izwan Firdaus (44th) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (58th, 59th), joined him on the score sheet.
Singapore’s consolation goal was scored by Ian Vanderput in the 33rd minute.
Malaysia will now meet Mexico who are the bottom team in Group B, on Thursday.
Coach Tai Beng Hai said the big win today would serve as a tonic for the players when facing their opponent in the remaining matches.
“From the quarterfinals onwards we need to remain focused and continue producing consistent performances,” he told reporters after the match.
Today is a rest day.
In another Group A match, Oman moved into second spot after beating Ukraine 2-1 through goals from Muhanna Al Hasani (10th min) and Imad Al Hasani (12th min) while Ukraine reduced the deficit through Artem Ozerskyi’s 19th minute strike. – Bernama