Hockey World Cup: Spain beat Malaysia in penalty shootout in first crossover match, face Australia in quarter-finals | Hockey News

BHUBANESWAR: Spain beat Malaysia 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling crossover match to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIH Men’s World Cup after the two teams met 2-2 on Sunday .
Spain now face title contenders and Australia top of Pool A in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
After both teams were left scoreless at half-time, Faizal Saari gave Malaysia the lead in the 35th minute but Marc Miralles (41st) and Xavier Gispert (42nd) scored in quick succession to lead Spain 2-1.
Shello Silverius then scored a nice basket to make it 2-2.
On penalties, it was 3-3 after the first five-man set shot. Firhan Ashari, Faizal Saari and Suhaimi Shahmie Irfan scored for Malaysia, while Marhan Jalil and Shello Silverius missed. Marc Miralles, Bonastre Jordi and Gispert Xavier scored for Spain while Alvaro Iglesias and Marc Reyne failed to score.
With both teams tied at 3-3, sudden death was applied.
Spaniard Marc Miralles scored while Firhan Ashari missed.
Spain, who finished third in Pool D behind England and India, dominated the game with plenty of circle penetration but the quick Malaysians were impressive in the counterattack.
Spain got up to eight penalty corners but wasted them all. Malaysia won a CP they couldn’t convert.
Malaysia managed to put the ball in the Spanish goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but the goal was disallowed as the referee ruled the ball had hit Faizal Saari’s backstick.


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