India, however, managed to bounce back and scored two quick goals via Ramandeep Singh in the 24th and 26th minutes. Argentina, who won gold in the Rio Olympics, will face Malaysia in the semi-finals and Holland will play England.The top three teams in this tournament will book their place for the World League Final at Bhubaneswar in the year end. It also meant a second India-Pakistan clash for minor places. The Indians only had themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defence ruined their hopes.
In the final minute of the game, an unmarked Ramandeep had a golden chance to score his hat-trick and take the match into shoot-out but his deflection in front of an open Malaysian goal was wide by inches. Malaysia found the victor with Rahim converting yet another short corner in the 48th minute and they managed to maintain their lead.
With the win, Malaysia qualified for the World Cup. Many including the coach were frustrated with the game team India played. Razie's first penalty corner flick was blocked by goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya and the rebound went to Faizal Saari, who shot into the side of the net despite having a view of the goal.
India's goals came from Ramandeep Singh (24th, 26th).
Meanwhile, Argentina has remained undefeated in the competition so far. A minute later, Malaysia doubled their lead as Tengku neatly deflected in from their fourth penalty corner.
With the score board reading 2-2 at half-time, the third quarter began with India trying to keep up their momentum. It was poor defending by the Indians as the defenders tasked with rushing the penalty corner taker did not do their job properly while goalkeeper Harmanpreet Singh should have reacted faster.
The Malaysian team made their Indian opponents pay for a series of uncharacteristic errors on their way to a shock win at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.