Defending champions Australia not only continued their winning run but showed that they a class of their own after they outclassed Canada 6-0 at the Azlan Shah Stadium.
And hosts Malaysia came from two goals down to hold South Korea to a 2-2 draw, thus keeping alive their chances of making the final next Sunday.
The Koreans were on fire in the first half but withered under the humid conditions although it did rain in the later stages of the match.
But as they did against Canada in their opening match on Friday, Korea were at sea in the second half and Malaysia were a different proposition and took their chances to come out of the match with a crucial point.
Korea took the lead in the 10th minute via Oh Dae Kuen. And the same player was on target again five minutes before halftime as his neat deflection sailed into goal with the Malaysian defence caught napping.
But Malaysia pulled up their socks and managed to pull a goal back, though in rather fortunate circumstances.
malaysia were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute but it was mis trappedand the ball was played to youngster Shahril Saabah who twisted and turned before sending a reverse stick shot sailing into goal.
that lifted the spirit on the young Malaysians who started believing in themselves and deservingly got the equaliser with Faizal Saari sending a drag flick of a penalty corner sailing into goal in the 65th minute.
The Australians did not face such issues even though the team joined in the mourning of skipper Mark Knowles grief of losing his aunt by taking the pitch with black armbands as a mark of respect.
Glenn Simpson opened scoring in the 10th minute before Jeremy Hayward doubled the advantage by scoring in the 26th minute.
Nicholas Budgeon who notched a hattrick in the win over China, found the mark in the 35th minute for a halftime lead of 3-0.
Russel Ford made it 4-0 in the 46th minute before a brace by Jacob Whetton in the 53rd and 63rd minutes completed the rout.
Monday will be a big day as all six teams will be involved and Australia should continue to sit pretty as they are expected to get past South Africa.