Malaysia managed to keep alive their hopes of further progress in the ongoing FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup after defeating Chile 3-2 in a Pool C match at the Bursa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela on Monday.
With the win, Malaysia moved up to third in their pool and could advance further in the tournament if they do well in the crossovers. On the other hand, Chile are at the bottom of the table with zero points and no win in two matches.
In the first quarter, Malaysia’s Farhan Ashari tried to attack but the ball flew into the stands and missed the goal by inches. Malaysia almost scored a few minutes after the ball went to goalkeeper Adrian Henriquez but Vicente Goni made a timely intervention to avert the danger.
Chile got a penalty corner in the eighth minute. However, Franco Baccara’s flick was well defended by Malaysia, with the first quarter ending goalless.
Malaysia tried to attack early in the second quarter and were awarded a penalty stroke. However, the ball hit the knee of a Chilean defender and he had to leave the field.
In the 19th minute, Chile won a penalty corner and Amoroso Juan found the back of the net.
Debutants Chile took a 1-0 lead over Malaysia, a team that had previously finished fourth in the marquee event, their best performance in the tournament’s history.
Malaysia won a penalty stroke in the 25th minute and Rahim Razi headed the ball past keeper Adrian to level the scoreline.
However, in the 28th minute, smiles returned to the Chilean camp as Martin Rodriguez curled a screamer past goalkeeper Hafeezuddin Usman into the left-hand corner. Chile regained the lead, with the scoreline at 2-1 in their favor at the end of the second quarter and halftime.
Malaysia had plenty of penalty corners in the third quarter. In the 40th minute of the match, Hamsani Ashran received the aerial ball and scored to tie his team at 2-2.
In the 41st minute, a strike from Nursiafik Samantri helped Malaysia take the lead for the first time in the match. At the end of the third quarter, the scoreline was tied at 3-2. Both teams received a yellow card each and were short a player in the final quarter.
The last quarter saw Chile create a chance, with captain Raimondo Valenzuela having a chance to even the score but the shot fell wide of the goal. Malaysia were given another yellow card, which saw a player sent off for five minutes.
In the 54th minute, Amoroso Juan was given a green card which was yellowed. Chile had to play with 10 men for five minutes.
In the last minute, Chile were awarded a penalty stroke which they failed to convert. The match ended 3-2 in favor of Malaysia.
Sumantri received the ‘Player of the Match’ award for the match-winning goal for Malaysia.