|May 3rd, 2008|
|13||Round-Robin||11:30am||MAS - URU||3 - 0 (0 - 0)||Final|
The first game of the day pitted the two teams at the bottom of the points table, both chasing their first goal of the competition. Malaysia had a slight edge in the standings, having tied Italy (0-0), but both teams already knew that they will meet again in the 5th-6th place match. The play stayed in midfield for a while, neither team able to hang on to the ball long enough to create chances.
Uruguay was more aggressive on the ball, but Malaysia maintained a cohesive defensive structure and had two excellent scoring chances, on counter attacks, that went high or wide. The game was pleasant to follow, between two young teams preparing for the future, but too many individual errors hindered the development of play. Malaysia had a good chance on a penalty-corner routine that ended with Nadia ABDUL RAHMAN unleashing a powerful shot that shaved the post, then another chance in a last second goal mouth scramble during which the ball bounced from stick to stick but did not cross the line.
Malaysia were finally rewarded early in the second half, when Nadia ABDUL RAHMAN managed to push a rebound under Noel DE LOS SANTOS in the Uruguayan net. With their first goal finally scored, Malaysia kept attacking and promptly scored again by Nadia ABDUL RAHMAN. With the result not in doubt any more, and the rain falling more heavily, the pace slowed down significantly and the Malaysia cruised to their first win of the competition with a three-goal advantage.