KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia crushed Asian Games champions Japan 4-0 to record their first win of the Darwin International Open in Australia yesterday.
In the third-fourth placing playoff, the Tigers “avenged” their Asian Games final defeat last month with goals from Shahril Saabah, Azri Hassan, Haziq Samsul and Razie Rahim.
Shahril’s field goal came in the first half while the other three were scored in the second.
Assistant coach Amin Rahim, in charge as Stephen van Huizen is on a break, told Bernama: “I’m happy with the performance.
“One win, one draw and two losses can be considered good.”
Malaysia lost 5-2 to world champions Australia on Tuesday, drew 3-3 with Japan a day later before going down 3-2 to Olympic champions Argentina on Friday in preliminary matches.
Apart from Stephen, Malaysia went to Australia without six seniors — Sukri Mutalib, Faizal Saari, Marhan Jalil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Noor and S. Kumar.
The competition is part of their preparation for next month’s Asian Champions Trophy and November’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.