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Malaysia were held to a 2-2 draw by Canada at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

 

Malaysia wanted a win to stay in contention for a berth in the final.

 

But after insipid performance, they should be thankful for walking off the pitch with a win.

 

The players seem to be confused and lacked coordination as they played like 11 individuals instead of a team.

 

Malaysia had held New Zealand to a 3-3 draw in their opening match before defeating Japan 4-3.

 

They however were outclassed by Australia 5-1.

 

On the other hand the Canadians lost their opener 3-1 to Pakistan before holding New Zealand to a 1-1 draw and defeated Japan 3-1.

 

They however lost 3-1 to India in their fourth match.

 

Malaysia have two Asian Giants - Pakistan and India to face before completing their pool matches.

 

And the hosts will need to win both matches to make the final or a podium finish.

 

Both teams started cautiously and were awarded two penalty corners each but failed to make any headway.

 

But it was third time lucky for the Canadians who scored through a Scott Tupper penalty corner in the 21st minute.

 

Malaysia played a set piece in their fourth penalty corner as Razie Rahim played the ball square to Shahril Saabah who buried it into goal for Malaysia to draw level in the 29th minute.

 

And barely a minute into the third quarter Malaysia went ahead.

 

A delightful exchanges of passes between Fitri Saari, Shahril Saabah saw the ball related to Nabil Fiqri who tapped into goal for a 2-1 lead.

 

Canada forced three consecutive penalty corners but good running by Rashid Bahrom kept them at bay.

 

A lapse in concentration saw Canada equalise 10 seconds from the end of the third quarter through Mathew Guesr.