Three-time champions Pakistan became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of the Asia Cup hockey tournament after defeating Malaysia 4-1 in their second Pool A match. After this victory,Pakistan are atop Pool A with six points from two games ahead of Malaysia who have three points from as many games. Pakistan next play Chinese Taipei on Tuesday,while Malaysia will be up against Japan on the same day.
For the winners,Muhammad Zubair (32nd),Muhammad Dilber (46th),Muhammad Waqas (60th) and Shafqat Rasool (67th) scored the goals. Malaysias lone goal was scored by Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim in the 26th minute. Pakistan got the first scoring chance in the 16th minute when they earned their first penalty corner,only to waste it. But Malaysia were quick to capitalise on their chances and shocked Pakistan in the 26th minute when Abd Rahim broke the deadlock with a powerful low dragflick to the left of Pakistan goalkeeper Salman Akbar.