Malaysia outplay Japan 7-2 to stay atop league table in Asian Champions Trophy

Malaysia is followed by India on seven points from three matches while Pakistan and China are on three points from three outings.

By: PTI | Kuantan | Published:October 23, 2016 9:13 pm
hockey_reuters-m Star striker Faizal Saari scored two goals to lead the Malaysian charge. (Source: File)

Hosts Malaysia posted their third successive victory in the Asian Champions Trophy when they outplayed Japan 7-2 to stay on top of the round-robin league standings with a maximum nine points.

Star striker Faizal Saari scored two goals to lead the Malaysian charge, while five others made an entry in the scoresheet.

Japan denied the dominant Malaysian strikers a goal until the 23rd minute when Niman Nik Rosemi opened the account with a field goal.

Rashid Baharom, Nabil Noor, Firhan Ashari and Fitri Saari were the other scorers for Malaysia, who had defeated defending champions Pakistan 4-2 and China 5-1 in earlier matches.

Japan, who have lost all their three matches, got two late consolation goals from Kenji Kitazato and Kentaro Fukuda.

In the round-robin league standings, Malaysia is followed by India on seven points from three matches. Pakistan and China are on three points from three outings.