Malaysia fall to Japan yet again

The National senior men’s team lost 1-2 to their Japanese counterparts in their third friendly match in Kakamigahara on Tuesday.

Malaysia went ahead in the ninth minute through Harvinder Singh from a field goal. However, Japan equalised from a counter attack in the 38th minute and sealed the game from a penalty corner in the 69th minute.

National team head coach Stephen Van Huizen, was, however, satisfied with the team’s overall performance compared to earlier matches.

“We scored from a penalty corner counter attack as Nurshafiq Sumantri delivered a brilliant pass to Harvinder and he scored it to give us the lead early in the match. Other than that, the boys created some chances but unfortunately we made a mistake early in the second half to allow Japan to equalise,” said Van Huizen.

The players, added Van Huizen, were equally disappointed with the result of this match despite having taken the lead.

“We allowed Japan to pile pressure on us where they won a penalty corner which led to a goal. We did not take our chances today but we will go into the last match on Wednesday well prepared,” he added.

Malaysia lost 1-5 and 1-3 respectively in earlier friendly matches and also played two test matches against Japan. The first test match ended in a 1-1 draw and lost the second 3-4.

They are scheduled to return home on Thursday after concluding their tour with a fourth practice match on Wednesday.

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