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Asia Cup hockey: Malaysia wins emphatic 5-0 against Japan to make it to the final

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After defeating Japan 5-0 on Tuesday, Malaysia was determined to reach the final of Hero Asia Cup 2022.

The Hero Asia Cup 2022 Super 4s match was not a replay of the 2018 Asian Games final, where Japan beat Malaysia to win the gold.

Malaysia was an overwhelming team with an experienced squad defeating Japan 5-0 to advance into the Final.

Japan refused to grant Malaysia a goal due to technicality. Malaysia, however, did not let that stop them from scoring a field goal in the 15th minutes through Shello Silberius. Malaysia gained momentum from that goal and continued to dominate the Japanese circle, scoring many chances.

Aiman Rozemi’s field goal doubled their lead in the final minute. They quickly made the score 4-0 as they came back from the 10-minute half-time break more determined to win. They scored back-toback goals in the 35th minutes. One was via a penalty corner, which Razie Rahim converted, and the other goal was scored by Muhammad Hassan, who scored a fine field goal.

In the 42nd minute Ashran Hamsani scored a brilliant field goal that extended their lead to a remarkable 5-0. Japan conceded to a huge deficit and had a chance to rebound. However, they settled for a bronze medal against India in the tournament to be held June 1.

“I’m very happy to be in the Final of Hero Asia Cup. We knew that we needed to win the final, especially after the two draws. We gave our all and now we have to do it again in the final tomorrow,” declared Captain Mahran, Malaysia.

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