New Straits Times
MALAYSIA STUN ARGIES
Hosts pull off unexpected win over reigning Olympic champions
MALAYSIA recorded one of the biggest upsets of the season in world hockey when they defeated reigning Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 in yesterday’s Azlan Shah Cup match in Ipoh.
It is Malaysia’s first win over the World No 2 since the 6-4 success at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
With the unexpected win, Stephen van Huizen's men must now beat Asian champions India today for a chance of finishing in the top four.
Malaysia led 2-0 through goals by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (20th minute) and Najmi Jazlan (28th).
Lady luck was also on Malaysia, as just before the half-time hooter, Argentina were awarded a penalty stroke but Juan Gilardi's attempt was blocked by goalkeeper Hairi Rahman.
Tengku's goal came after he tapped the ball in past Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi in a melee, while Najmi deflected a Faizal Saari pass from close range.
However, Argentina pulled one back when Diego Paz deflected in a Pedro Ibarra pass in the 32th minute.
With seven minutes left on the clock, Faizal was sent to the sin bin following a yellow card, but Malaysia managed to hold on for the famous victory.
In other matches, World No 1 Australia defeated India 4-2 while England thrashed Ireland 4-1.
Results: England 4 Ireland 1, India 2 Australia 4, Malaysia 2 Argentina 1. FIXTURES:
Today: Australia v Ireland (4pm), Argentina v England (6pm), Malaysia v India (8.30pm).
* matches at Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh