Malaysia Women’s Hockey team fall to Japan in their final pool match
Dragflick Newsdesk : The last match of Group A, the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup Championship at the Sultan Qaboos Complex, Muscat, Oman today which saw the National Women’s Special Project Squad and Japan ended with the National Women’s Squad losing 0-8.
Despite the result that was not in favor of Malaysia, the national striker, Nuramirah Shakirah Zulkifli was chosen as the best player of the match.
In the action that took place today, Malaysia almost scored the lead goal as early as the third minute through Nuramirah Shakirah’s attempt from the right side of the opponent’s goal, but unfortunately the attempt was missed.
In the fourth minute, Japan’s captain, Yuri Nagai, who was not controlled on the right side of the national goal gate, managed to receive a pass from his teammate for the opening goal of the match.
Japan went on to add four more goals in the second quarter with Kaho Tanaka contributing two field goals in the 16th and 28th minutes while the advantage of a penalty corner shot possessed in the 20th minute was perfected by Shihori Oikawa.
Moments before the end of the first half, Mai Toriyama added another field goal to make it 5-0 for Japan, which closed the first half.
Continuing the second half, in the 39th minute, the chaotic situation at the goal gate of the national team when defending was used by Kaho Tanaka to score Japan’s sixth goal which was also his hat-trick in the match.
Malaysia almost broke the deadlock through an attempt from the left side of the opponent’s goal when Hanis Nadiah Onn‘s pass met Siti Zulaikha Husain to finish but the Japanese goalkeeper managed to remove the ball and denied the attempt.
Japan added their seventh goal in the 48th minute after Kana Urata took advantage of a penalty corner before Sakurako Omoto scored the eighth in the 57th minute, closing the last Group A match for both teams.
Malaysia will go down for the next action, which is the 5th to 8th position classification match against Indonesia on Wednesday (January 26) at 6 pm, Malaysian time.