Hockey: Fancied Malaysia trounces Oman

August 29, 2018

Malaysia's Faizal Saari (left) fights for the ball with Oman's Khalid  al Shaaibi during the hockey Pool B match in Jakarta on Tuesday (AFP)

Oman's failure to put up a fight against top-class teams was once again exposed on Tuesday when Tahir Zaman's men were inflicted a 7-0 hammering by Malaysia in their concluding Pool B match of the men's hockey event at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games  at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta.

It was the second big loss for Oman in the group after it had suffered a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of heavyweight Pakistan on August 22. The loss also ended Oman's hopes for a sixth-place playoff and it will now clash with Sri Lanka in a seventh-place classification game on Thursday.

Oman finished fourth in the pool with six points with two wins and three losses. The wins came against Thailand and Kazakhstan while the other defeat, which dashed its hopes of a sixth-place finish, came against Bangladesh.

Malaysia opened its account through Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim off a penalty corner in the 28th minute. After the break, Malaysia  scored six more goals, starting with a goal from Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil (31st min) and then a penalty corner converted by Faizal Saari in the 37th minute. Muhammad Firhan Ashari scored the fourth followed by three more goals from Muhammad Shahril Saabah, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin and Faizal.

In the semis, Malaysia takes on India and Pakistan meets Japan on Thursday.

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