The Hague (Netherlands): England played tactical hockey to overcome a strong challenge from Malaysia with a 2-0 win and stay in contention for the semifinals of the men’s World Cup here today.
England enjoyed an edge from the moment Mark Gleghorne put them ahead in the fourth minute with a field goal.
Malaysia pushed them hard, forcing a number of chances and three penalty corners, but failed to secure the equaliser as England hung on grimly.
Three minutes from close, Ashley Jackson placed a stinging penalty corner into the goal to seal the victory for England.
England now have seven points from three matches in Group A. They stay in semifinal contention with Olympic silver medalists Australia and Belgium, both of whom have won their previous two games and are to clash later this evening.
Also in the same group, India, who lost their previous two matches, play Spain later this evening.