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Another winning start and another four goals scored. That sums up the Malaysian team opening match in the 2nd AHF Champions Trophy in Doha where Malaysia defeated Japan 4-1.
It was a good start, something that coaches Paul Revington and Arul Selvaraj were looking for as Malaysia made eight changes to the team that played in the Champions Challenge in Argentina some three weeks ago where they finished fourth.
"It was a good match and the win was important to give the new inclusions confidence as the tournament progresses," said Arul when contacted in Doha after the match.
Malaysia opened scoring through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil in the 3rd minute before Faisal Saari doubled the advantage in the 17th minute, converting a penalty corner.
Hafifihafiz Hanafi gave Malaysia a 3-0 halftime lead by netting in the 32nd minute and Malaysia were coasting. Mohd Razie Rahim found the mark off another penalty corner in the 58th minute and though Japan got a consolation five minutes before time via Tachibana, it was too late to deny Malaysia all 3 points.