Malaysia blasted five goals past China in the 5-8th placing match of the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup that turned into a near fracas at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium today.
The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate but the Malaysians got their act together after the interval and wet ahead 2-0 with a brace from Shahril Saabah (41st and 52nd) much to the delight of an estimated 1,500 fans.
However, the unsavoury drama unfolded in the 53rd minute when China hit back with an E Wenlong field goal. Chinese team captain Li Zecheng was alleged to have pushed Malaysian goalkeeper Mohammad Adi Fazri Abdul Rahim after Wenglong’s goal and this resulted in the Malaysians, led by skipper Najib Hassan, showing their disgust and ensued in both teams pushing and shoving.
Players from the reserve bench also jumped over the barricade and joined in the commotion. Najib and Zecheng were subsequently sent to the sin bin.
The Malaysians continued from where they left off with three more goals – Aiman Nik Rozemi (56th, FG), Shahril bounced back to score his second hat-trick in the tournament with a 64th minute penalty corner goal and Syed Syafiq Cholan made it 5-1 three minutes before the end.
Malaysia now takes on Bangladesh in Sunday’s 5-6th placing match.
Bangladesh sinks Oman in penalty shootout
Bangladesh rallied back from a goal down to force a 2-2 with Oman and took off from there to win 3-2 in penalty shootout in the 5-8th placing match of the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup here at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium.
Oman let slip a golden chance to score their first win in the tournament having led 2-1 with goals from Salmen Al Nofali (64th, PC) and Shafi Al-Shatari (67th, FG) after Roman Sarkar had given Bangladesh a 31st minute penalty corner goal.
However, with just three second remaining Bangladesh struck back through the towering Milon Hossain from open play to force a 2-2 draw and take the game into penalty shootout.
Farhad Shetul, Sabbir Hossain and Fazla Rabbi made it count for Bangladesh in the most crucial moments while Shafi Al-Shatari and Muhanna Al-Hasani replied for Oman. The last time the two teams met in Group B of the preliminary round, Bangladesh won 5-4.
Bangladesh goes into showdown with hosts and defending champions Malaysia in the 5-6th placing match on Sunday while Oman takes on China in the 7-8th placing playoff tie.