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.
Although the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is in its 23rd edition this year, the very fact that the Organisors continue to dispense with upgrading the tournament is baffling.
The tournament is the oldest invitational tournament in the world that is still running, having made its appearance in 1983.
China bounced back from their 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Australia to register an emphatic 5-0 win over South Africa.
And South Korea opened their campaign with an effortless 3-0 win over Canada.
Striker Faizal Saari turned hero from zero as his goal separated Malaysia and South Africa in the Azlan Shah Stadium tonight.
Faizal, who is now Malaysia's number one penalty corner specialist following the shoulder injury suffered by Mohd Razie Rahim, squandered the majority of the 10 penalty corners Malaysia were awarded in the match.
Defending champions Australia routed China 7-0 in the opening match at the Azlan Shah Stadium this evening.
Around 100 fans were at hand to watch the match in hot and humid conditions, hardly a conducive environment for hockey but befitting a B Grade tournament no thanks to the poor efforts made by the Organisors, who placed profits ahead of good hockey.
Canada defeated Malaysia 5-4 in the second friendly match between the two teams at the Bukit Serindit Hockey Stadium.
While the Chairman and Secretary of the Organising Committee plus Malaysian Hockey Confederation Secretary rejoice at having fellow media consultants, we provide you with the team of South Africa.
Malacca seems to be a happy hunting ground for national striker Faizal Saari.
Two years after stamping his mark in the Junior Asia Cup, Faizal turned on his magic yet again, this time scoring a hattrick in Malaysia's 6-2 win over Canada in a friendly ahead of the 23rd edition of the Azlan Shah Cup.
Finally we have got our hands on the fixtures of the 2014 edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, barely a week before the event gets underway.
Pakistan’s national hockey team won’t be appearing in this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The PHF tells us it is due to the non-availability of funds. Punjab chief minister announced granting Rs100 million to the federation, but it was a bit too late, though not too little.
Kindly be informed that Paul and Sandy Revington have been blessed with the arrival of twin babies that were delivered this morning.