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Published: Sunday June 1, 2014 MYT 5:23:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 1, 2014 MYT 5:43:57 PM

World Cup: Belgium not taking Malaysia lightly

Belgium's Florent Van Aubel (centre) celebrates after scoring against India in the Group A match on Saturday. - SS KANESAN/ The Star

Belgium's Florent Van Aubel (centre) celebrates after scoring against India in the Group A match on Saturday. - SS KANESAN/ The Star

THE HAGUE: Belgium are not going to take Malaysia for granted and believe they are in for a fight in Monday’s Group A match of the World Cup.

Said Belgian coach Marc Lammers: “There are no easy matches. Malaysia have what it takes to cause us trouble. We saw Malaysia’s opening game against Australia and we came away impressed with their attitude and potential.

“They are a good side as far as I can see with some very skilful players.”

Malaysia lost 4-0 to defending champions Australia, the world No. 1, but Lammers said the Malaysians were a little unlucky.

“I think Malaysia were a little unfortunate and the goals were avoidable.

“Having said that I believe that their forward line and defence are playing well. They are a good side.

“We have not played them at all since I took over the team so it will be a new experience for us. Every team will take one step at a time and this is still early days. I expect a tough and close game,” he said.

Belgium, ranked fifth in the world, started of their campaign with a slim 3-2 win over India. They scored the winning goal 15 seconds from the end.

Lammers said India were a good side and showed a lot of improvements.

“It wasn’t an easy match either. We took full points because of our ability to take the chances.

“There will be matches like that where you win with the final touch of the ball. It’s heartbreaking for the other side though.

“We want to raise our level in the next match. We cannot take it easy even though Malaysia are the lowest ranked team (13th) in the group,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Belgium, hockey World Cup, The Hague, Malaysia, Tom Boon, India

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