Malaysia crushed 1-5 by World Cup holder, Belgium

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10: The men’s national hockey squad failed to match 2018 World Cup champions, Belgium when they lost 1-5 in their fifth test match in their European Tour Series in Antwerp, Belgium last night.


It was also the fourth defeat recorded by the Malaysians under coach Roelant Oltmans who are ranked 12th in the world since their 4-2 victory over world number seven, Germany on July 26.


Malaysia lost 0-1 to Spain on July 31 before losing 4-6 and 2-6 to world number three, Holland on Tuesday and Thursday.


In the match last night, Belgium under Shane McLeod did not face much resistance in cracking the goal of the visitors twice via a field goal by Cedric Charlier in the seventh minute and Nicole de Kerpel one minute later.


Stunned by the score, Malaysia bounced back to challenge the Belgians but Tom Boon managed to steal the third goal in the 24th minute.


Malaysia however refused to concede defeat and fought back to score their first goal via Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil in the 34th minute to close the gap at 1-3.


Nonetheless, Belgium proved they were in a class of their own when they piled up another two goals through Florent van Aubel in the 51st minute and Victor Wegnez (57th minute) to stamp their home ground authority.


Both teams will meet again in the sixth test match in the European Tour on Monday.

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