Malaysia’s Azlan Misron (right) tries to go past a German player
WORLD No 1 and Olympic champions Germany lived up to their status and proved why they are the best team in the world as they thrashed Malaysia 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the World League in Johor Baru today.
The hammering not only saw Germany reaching the semifinal of the tournament where they will meet South Korea, but also saw them booking their ticket for the 2014 World Cup in Holland.
The game was virtually over after nine minutes as the Germans raced to a 3-0 lead.
Christopher Zeller opened the floodgates after four minutes which was followed by goals from Linus Butt (8th) and Moritz Polk (9th).
Almost every move by the Germans spelled danger and with the Malaysia chasing shadows the Olympic champions ran away with the match.
Christopher Zeller netted his brace in the 12th minute while Moritz Furste (16th) and Thio Stralkowski (18th) added salt to Malaysian wounds.
Malaysia’s first sight on goal came in the final minute of the first half where they earned their first penalty corner of the game. Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim’s effort was saved by the German goalkeeper but the rebound fell to an unmarked Azlan Misron who sent his shot into the side netting.
Having a healthy lead, the Germans took their foot of the gas in the second half which allowed Malaysians to have sometime on the ball.
Flashes of chances came from the hometeam but nothing really materialised to trouble the German defence or goalkeeper.
The score eventually stood and Malaysia will now face Pakistan in the 5th to 8th playoffs on Saturday.
England v Argentina (7.15pm)
Germany v South Korea (9.30pm)
5th to 8th playoffs:
Japan v South Africa (2.45pm)
Malaysia v Paksitan (5pm)
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