Malaysia hammered China 7-3 to move to the top of the standings at the Azlan Shah stadium. And they did that without ace striker Faizal Saari who was suspended for a moment of madness in the match against Canada on Monday.
but what was more comforting was that seven different players scored the goals and that will surely boost their confidence in the final pool match on Saturday.
malaysia have 10 points from 4 matches with Australia on 9 points from three matches while Korea are on 7 points with three played.
Australia and Korea play each other and the Malaysians will be hoping for an Aussie win. A draw will mean Malaysia has to gain a point against Australia as South Korea are expected to defeat South Africa in the finall match on Saturday night.
malaysia has a plus 7 goal difference with Korea on plus 4. So if both go down to Australia, then it will go down to goal difference and Korea will hold the advantage as they will know just what they need to score against South Africa.
Malaysia raced to a 5-0 lead by halftime with Marhan Jalil opening the accounts with a pile driver in the 6th minute with Azlan Misron scoring the second off a penalty corner rebound three minutes later.
Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin (24), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (26) and Shahril Saabah (30) made it 5-0 and the hosts were cruising.
E Liugang pulled one back for Vhina in the 44th minute only for Fitra Saari to score the sixth a minute later.
Du Talake converted a penalty stroke in the 61st minute but Firhan Ashaari scored Malaysia's 7th and his first in the very next minute.
but Du Talake scored three minutes from time and Malaysia may well be left rueing why they let in the three goals.