The Group D tie at the Kalinga Stadium for Malaysia and Pakistan is a do-or-die affair. Malaysia and Pakistan have lost their opening matches and now they need to come away with at least a point to stay in the hunt for a second-round berth.
Malaysia who lost by a big margin to Holland is more vulnerable compared to the Pakistanis.
Malaysia’s penalty corner specialist Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim said that the extra attention to the penalty corners is to ensure that they are ready for any eventualities.
“Pakistan has always had good penalty corner flickers. Although there are no big names in their team, they will be a handful if they get the penalty corners. Work on the defensive and offensive penalty corners are important,” he said.
After this game, the Malaysians will have Germany as their final group opponents while the Pakistanis will play Holland. The Dutch top the group with better goal difference compared to Germany. Both sides have three points.
Past meeting between Malaysia and Pakistan have been close. Razie believes that they need to get an early goal to settle down and take advantage of the situation.
“We must look for the early goal so that the confidence level of the players will be greatly boosted.I also believe that we are capable of winning, but the effort must come from all.We cannot afford to make mistakes and give away silly goals. The message is clear. It is in our hands how far we go in the tournament,” he added.
Faizal Saari also agreed that they must improve on their scoring from either the field or penalty corners.
“We have to win. All of us know this and we will do our best. I will try to get the goals as I am also adept at penalty corners.I do not want to see the team finish in the bottom four,” he said.