|May 4th, 2008|
|16||Final 5-6||11:00am||MAS - URU||2 - 2 (1 - 0) (3 - 2 PS)||Final|
The match for fifth place between Malaysia and Uruguay took a long time to find its rhythm, both teams showing signs of tiredness after a week of competition. Malaysia could not control play as they did the day before in the pool match, and their defense was exposed to the quick Uruguayan counter-attacks. It took a penalty-corner deflected by Nadia ABDUL RAHMAN to open the scoring in the 25th minute. Uruguay nearly came back immediately after with an excellent penalty-corner hit that had the Malaysian keeper beaten but hit the post, leaving the South Americans still chasing their first goal of the competition.
Uruguay tried hard to come back in the game in the second half but play was often broken down by individual errors or misdirected passes. They were finally rewarded in the 59th minute when Virginia BESSIO cleverly slotted a penalty-corner over the diving keeper, drawing a warm ovation from the crowd. Malaysia quickly re-established their lead by Norfaraha HASHIM but were reduced to ten players for the last 5 minutes of the match after a red card to Noor Hasliza MD ALI for an unnecessary rough tackle.
Uruguay did not miss the opportunity and took the match into overtime with a penalty-corner by Teresa ALGORTA in the last minute of play. They thought that they had scored the Golden Goal in the 77th minute but it was denied by the video umpire. Uruguay had all the momentum and several clear chances, even more when Malaysia was further reduced to 9 players, but the match had to be decided by penalty-strokes, when Malaysia narrowly prevailed 3-2.
Both teams came in this competition with a roster of young players who held themselves well and earned valuable experience against the higher ranked teams.