Sukri Mutalib
Inframe : Sukri Mutalib / Photo Credits : Hockey India

Malaysia will go face to face with the former two-time World Champion Germany in their final Group D match of the Odisha World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.

It is a match that Malaysian needs to win to confirm their berth in the second round. But at the very least they will need to take a point off the Germans and hope Holland beat Pakistan in the other group match.

The Germans have qualified for the next round, but a point from the Malaysians game will take them straight into the quarterfinals.

Holland has three points while the Malaysians and the Pakistanis have one point each. The Group D matches are the last first-round games as the second-round playoffs will start on Monday.

National skipper Mohamad Sukri Abdul Mutalib said that the players are aware of the hurdle facing them but vowed not to give up trying.

“The line is clear as to what we need to do. We must improve the game and make an all-out effort to get a result against Germany. We had a decent game against Pakistan and far more chances to score. But we could not convert those chances,” Sukhri said.

“Germany is in many ways an unknown quantity although some of us have played them before. But we have seen them and studied them and hopefully we are able to handle them. They play at a different level. We are getting there but still a long way off,” he explained.

Sukri also said they are injury free and hope to have their best players on the field.

“We have faced such pressure situation before. It is not easy and puts a lot of pressure on their players. But if we can play our normal game and carry out the instructions then there is a good chance that we can cause an upset,” headed.

The Malaysians have beaten the German four times before, but all those victories were achieved in Test series. They have yet to win in a tournament proper.