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Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 10:09:00 PM
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by s. ramaguru
Malaysia could not rise to the occasion after the semi-final loss to France on Saturday and were duly beaten by Holland in the 3rd placing match on Sunday to end their Junior World Cup campaign in fourth. - Satwant Singh
NEW DELHI: Malaysia failed to raise their game and had to settle for fourth place in the 10th edition of the Junior World Cup here at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
The Malaysians lost 2-7 to Holland in the play-off for third place. This is the third time Malaysia had finished fourth in the series after 1979 and 1982.
The Malaysians played poorly and were given a lesson in goal scoring as the free flowing Dutch completely dominated the match.
In the first half alone, the Dutch managed to score five goals and that effectively ended the Malaysians challenge in the game.
Roel Bovendeert scored as early as the third minute and three minutes later Thierry Brinkman added the second to set the pace for the match.
Brinkman ended up with two goals while Tom Hiebendaal also scored a brace in the match.
The other goal scorers for the Dutch were Milan van Baal and Jelle Galema.
Malaysia scored a penalty corner through Zulhairi Hashim but missed with three other penalty corner attempts in the first half.
Malaysia ended the match with another Zulhairi penalty corner but the effort was academic.
The Dutch finished third to ensure the top three spots in the tournament were dominated by the European teams. France and Germany will contest the final.
Australia took fifth place after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Belgium. Both teams ended regulation time at 2-2.
Belgium had the lead twice through field attempts by Maxime Plennevauv in the 25th minute and Alexander van Linthoudt in the 41st minute.
Each time the Australians came back to level the score through Daniel Beale and Jeremy Hayward in the 39th and 46th minutes respectively, before clinching the tie in the shootout.
New Zealand finished in seventh when they beat South Korea 3-2 in an earlier match.
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