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World champions Australia proved they were a class above others as they came from a goal down to defeat Malaysia 5-1 at the Azlan Shah Cup.

 

It was a comprehensive performance from the Aussies who scored three goals in four minutes in the third quarter.

 

Malaysia had drawn their opening match 3-3 against New Zealand before defeating Japan 4-3 on Thursday.

 

As for Australia, they opened their campaign with a 5-1 thumping of India.

 

Thus the odds were stacked heavily against Malaysia who are ranked 13 in the world against the world number 1 Aussies.

 

It was down to business for the Australians who piled the pressure on the Malaysian defence from the first whistle.

 

After being denied a goal by a brilliant save by Malaysian keeper Hairi Abdul Rahman in the 3rd minute, the Aussies scored in the 5th minute but was disallowed as the ball had hit the body of Janie Dwyer  before he scrambled the ball over the goal line.

 

It was a near miss in the 17th minute as Jacob Whetton sent his attempt wide with only Hairi to beat.

 

Against the run of play Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 24th minute.

 

From an improvised version, Mohd Shukri Mutalib  relayed the ball to Razie Rahim who sent his drag flick into goal, for Malaysia to lead.

 

That stunned the Aussies Abd they redoubled their efforts and were level in the  26th minute through Jacob Whetton.

 

At halftime it was tied 1-1 and Malaysia had done well for the first 30 minutes.

 

But the third quarter was when the Aussies tore apart the Malaysians.

 

Flynn  Ogilvie scored in the 40th minute and Matt Ghodes made it 3-1 within seconds.

 

Ogilvie then added his second and the Aussies fourth in the 44th minute.

 

Malaysia took out their keeper Hairi and replaced him with Hafizuddin  Othman for the final quarter.

 

Although Makaysia had two penalty corners in the final quarter, they failed to make them count.

 

And the Aussies added  the fifth through Thomas Craig in the 55th minute.