Speedy Tigers end World Cup campaign on a winning note


Meor Azuan Hassan celebrates Shello Silverius' goal during their game against Japan at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela. - Photo by FIH/ World Sport

BHUBANESWAR: Malaysia have ended their World Cup campaign on a good note after beating Asian rivals Japan 3-2 in the 13th-16th classification game at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela, India on Saturday (Jan 28).

The Speedy Tigers were made to fight in all quarters but showed better resilience to get the win.

Wily midfielder Shello Silverius was the toast with two goals in the seventh and 31st minute to end his World Cup campaign with three goals.

Shahmie Irfan Suhaimi finally got his first international goal after four matches when he scored in the 33rd minute.

Japan's goals were scored by Kaito Tanaka (23rd minute) and Seren Tanaka (31st).

This means Malaysia will end their World Cup in 13th, an improvement compared to their 2018 outing, where they were booted out of the group stages and finished 15th.

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