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Hockey: Malaysia ousted by France in semi-final shootout at Junior World Cup

Azri Hassan put Malaysia 1-0 up against France in the first half of the semi-final of the Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

Azri Hassan put Malaysia 1-0 up against France in the first half of the semi-final of the Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

December 14, 2013: Malaysia were left distraught after losing a penalty shootout to France after a 1-1 regulation-time draw in the semi-finals of the Hero Junior World Cup in India on Friday. Malaysia will face the Netherlands for third spot on Sunday, after the Dutch were beaten 5-3 by Germany in the other semi-final.

 

Korea, beaten 2-1 by Malaysia in the quarters, were thrashed 6-1 by Belgium in the 5/8 semis and will play New Zealand in the seventh-place playoff after Australia beat the Kiwis 2-1.

 

Malaysia started their semi-final brightly, surprising the French defence with a quick free hit drilled into the circle that found Azri Hassan totally unmarked in front of goal with plenty of time to beat Edgar Reynaud.

 

France’s Simon Martin Brisac had a chance in the 20th minute after working hard on the back-line, but was left with no angle and his shot went in the side net. France hit the post with both their first and second penalty-corners, with Malaysia heading into the break with a narrow one-goal lead.

 

France beat Malaysia 3-1 in the penalty shootout to progress to the final of the Hero Junior World Cup, where they will meet Germany.

France beat Malaysia 3-1 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Hero Junior World Cup, where they’ll meet Germany.

Early in the second period, France took advantage of a yellow card to Helmi Jali to increase their pressure and although action was confined to Malaysia’s end, France could not get the elusive equaliser. Following some heated exchanges, France were briefly down two players, while the Asian champions collected their share of cards.

 

Hafizuddin Othman saved a third penalty-corner flicked high in goal before France were finally rewarded for their persistence in the 63rd minute when Jean-Laurent Kieffer touched a ball drilled into the circle, sending the large group of French fans into raptures and set up a torrid end of match.

 

Both teams threw caution to the wind to force a decision. France had the momentum and peppered the Malaysian goal, but were unable to score, so the match needed to be decided by a penalty shoot-out competition, the first of the competition.

 

France missed their first attempt, but Corentin Saunier outplayed two Malaysian strikers to put his team back on top, with Hugo Genestet finishing the job to send Les Bleus into the final.

 

Korea were thrashed 6-1 by Belgium in the 5/8 semi-finals and will face New Zealand for seventh place.

Korea were thrashed 6-1 by Belgium in the 5/8 semi-finals and will face New Zealand for seventh place.

Source: FIH

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