|May 1st, 2012|
|10||Pool A||1:30pm||MAS - CHI||1 - 2 (0 - 0)||Final|
Malaysia 1, Chile 2
Chile came from out of nowhere to steal a 2-1 win from Malaysia and stay in contention to make Saturday’s final. The Chileans were showing no signs of life when the Caram sisters, Camila and Daniela, struck with a pair of penalty corner goals in the last four minutes of regulation to stage the incredible comeback.
The Malaysians have continued to improve in each game at this qualification tournament and today it looked like they would get the win when Fazilla Slyvester Salin scored the 1-0 goal into the upper corner in the 49th minute in a game with few scoring chances. After the goal, Malaysia dominated the action, allowing Chile very few chances to get near their net.
But in the last five minutes, Chile flew into action with determined play. Camila put in the key game-tying goal with a solid flick and the Chileans seemed content to have saved the point for the tie. But just moments later a second penalty corner was awarded and the alert, frisky Chileans smelled blood. With the clock ticking down Daniela Caram deflected in the game-winner sending her team into a celebrating frenzy.
Chile now has seven points in four games and stands among the top three together with Japan and Azerbaijan. The Chileans have kept everyone at the tournament guessing with their hot and cold play, but so far they are doing what it takes to stay in contention. Meanwhile, Malaysia must be frustrated with giving this one away despite a good showing. The Malaysians are out of the London picture with just one point in four games.