From Farhanah Azmi
IPOH, March 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia put on a commanding display to whip China 7-3 in their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey match at the Azlan Shah Stadium, here Wednesday night.
Despite winning by a big margin, Malaysian coach Muhammad Dhaarmaraj Abdullah said was not on cloud nine but rather claimed it was not a fantastic display by his boys.
"I don't think we had a fantastic game. It was just that we took our chances well in the first half," he said after the match.
The Malaysian gave the home fans reason to cheer when the Malaysian boys blasted five goals in the first half with Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jalil opening the floodgate in the sixth minute before captain Azlan Misron added the second in the 9th minute while Mohamad Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin (24th), Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil (26th) and Shahril Saabah (30th) made it 5-0.
After the break, China came out strongly and were awarded a penalty corner in the 43rd minute which E Liguang tucked away to reduce the deficit.....