11-1 thrashing of Kazakhstan seals their berth with a game to spare
Tournament hosts Malaysia have booked a spot in the second round of the Hockey World League thanks to superb 11-1 victory over Kazakhstan.
With two teams moving into the next round, it was always likely that Malaysia would take one of the spots. And despite an apprehensive build-up to the game, Malaysia showed their class by surging into a 6-0 lead at half time before rattling in a further five goals to confirm their superiority.
“Honestly I never expected this score-line as Kazakhstan has an experienced side”, said Malaysian coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim. “Perhaps they were tired playing two matches on consecutive days. Still I will not take the credit away from my players who played a high tempo match, keeping the opponents backpedalling.”
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Earlier in the day, Singapore fell to a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the World League First Round at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium. It was their second consecutive defeat, having lost badly 11-0 at the hands of hosts Malaysia the previous night. They will now have to defeat Kazakhstan in their final match on Sunday to have any hopes of taking one of the two berths into the second round available to teams participating in this tournament. To read the full report, please click here.
For those not in the know, the Hockey World League has been developed by the FIH to present hockey at its best whilst also providing rapidly improving hockey nations with a stage to show what they are capable of. The tournament has four rounds which take place between August 2012 and February 2013, with each round acting as a qualifier for the next. This process gives every team the potential reach the tournament final. The Hockey World League also acts as the qualification competition for the FIH World Cups which take place in 2014, with 12 qualification places up for grabs. To read more information about the aims and structure of the tournament, please click here.
Official match reports from the competition will be posted to the Kuantan 2012 World League webpage at the end of each tournament day. For real-time results, please follow the FIH World League Twitter page:@World_League1.Back