Bangladesh conceded 1-8 goal defeat against last time runners-up Malaysia in their 3rd and last Pool B match of the eight-nation Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey’ 2022 at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta Thursday afternoon.
With the day’s comfortable victory, Malaysia emerged Pool B champions with all-win record securing full nine points from all the group outings.
They dominated the first half by 4-1 goal.
In the another Pool B match, South Korea finished group runners up with six points outplaying all losers Oman by 5-1 goal in their last group match Thursday morning.
Despite the day’s defeat, Bangladesh finished 3rd in Pool B securing three points from three matches and will play hosts Indonesia, the 4th ranked team of Pool A, on Sunday (May 29) in the 5th/8th place classification match.
Ahead of the Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey’ 2022, Bangladesh beat hosts Indonesia 2-1 in a preparatory matches in Jakarta.
Bangladesh also beat Indonesia by 7-2 goal in the AHF Cup Hockey in last March in Jakarta and defeated Indonesia again by 3-1 goal In the Asian Games Hockey Qualifier in Bangkok on May 7 last.
In the day’s match, defender cum penalty corner specialist Razie Rahim and midfielder Faizal Saari scored hattricks for Malaysia, scoring three goals each.
Later, Faizal Saari was adjudged the Hero man of the match.
Apart from day’s hattrick makers, Aznal Nazmi and Ashran Hamsani scored the remaining goals for Malaysia.
Earlier in the very first minute of the day’s match, Bangladesh custodian Biplob Kujur came to the limelight foiling a penalty stroke, taken by Razie Rahim.
Ashrsful Islam, who scored the first goal against Oman in the last match, scored the consolation goal for Bangladesh in the 21st minute (2nd quarter) from a penalty corner.
Bangladesh, which made a frustrating start in the ongoing Asia Cup Hockey ‘2022 after suffering 1-6 goals defeat against South Korea in the first match, but, returned to the winning run beating their traditional rivals Oman by 2-1 goals in the 2nd match.
With the feat, Bangladesh not only assured their 3rd slot in the Group B ahead of Oman, but also took revenge of their 2-6 defeat against Oman in the final match of the Asian Games Hockey qualifier in Bangkok recently.
Source: United News of Bangladesh