JOHOR BAHARU, July 7 (Bernama) - Malaysia grabbed fifth spot in the World Hockey League semi-finals at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here today.
Malaysia beat Japan 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Malaysia opend scoring through a penalty corner in the 10th minute by Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim after the ball hit the foot of Japan skipper Koji Kajukawa.
Japan equalised in the 28th minute through a penalty corner scored by Shinji Kawauchi.
After the break, Paul Revington's boys launched several raids on the Japanese goal but the Japanese held on to force a penalty shootout.
The Malaysian players held their nerve to win the penalty shootout 4-3.
-MORE SPORTS-HOCKEY 2 (LAST) JOHOR BAHARU Meanwhile, Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is confident that Malaysia can qualify for 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.
"We aim to qualify for the World Cup and expect coach Paul Revington to stay with the hockey team. Its up to him whether to stay or not as he has his own reasons."
Tengku Abdullah admitted that the Malaysian squad had some weaknesses during the competition but was happy because the players managed to bounce back. "Anyway I hope to see improvement to their game as they can be inconsistent. Next stop is the Asia Cup in August.
"We have to win the Asia Cup to book a ticket to the World Cup. Our struggle is far from finished," he added.
-BERNAMA FJM ZUB