|November 24th, 2012|
|2||Pool A||12:30pm||MAS - POL||4 - 0 (2 - 0)||Final||x 19|
Malaysia v Poland 4-0 (2-0): Paul Revington's men leave Poland without a chance
In the match between Malaysia and Poland, the Malaysians laid down their claim for the match early, as Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim coverted a penalty corner in the 4th minute. Poland fought the well-playing Malaysians team all the way but couldn't challenge the team ranked 6 spots above them.
In a fiercely contested and rather physical 70 minutes, Malaysia was the more energetic and better organized team today, dominaing the proceedings for much of the match.
After Abd Rahim's early penalty corner, it was Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor who put away the other first half counter for the Malaysians, while in the second half, the winners benefitted from an own goal by the Polish team to reach the 3-0 scoreline. A late penalty corner yielded Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim's second goal of the day and established a 4-0 final score that was a fair reflection ofthe encounter.
Paul Revington (Coach Malaysia): “We have young players and they played very well today. Today’s game was our first opportunity to play as a team. We know that today we had a tough opponent and that the game would be competitive."
Karol Sniezek (POL Coach): “It was tough game. The first match is really important because a good result is necessary to motivate the team. That’s why I congratulate Malaysia on winning the game. They started in a good way. Our goal is of course to classify for the Champions Trophy, and like everybody knows, the first three games are not so important. Even if you finish your pool in 4th place, you can go on to the semi-finals. The chances to classify are open, and we want to improve our game match by match."