IPOH, March 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia kicked off their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign in style by upsetting South Korea 3-2 at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium, here Saturday night.
Malaysia opened accounts from a penalty corner in the 21st minute through Faizal Saari but South Korea levelled the score in the 57th minute through Nam Hyun Woo's field goal after a goal mouth melee.
Seasoned campaigner Chua Boon Huat made it 2-1 in the 68th minute but the Koreans again levelled the tie a minute later from a Yoon Sung Hoon strike.
Just when the match was headed for a draw, Boon Huat struck again in the final minute to ensure all three points for the home team.
Malaysian team skipper Mohd Shahrun Nabil when met after the match attributed the win to the undivided support from the supporters.
"Boon Huat has vast experience and he was certainly the mentor and guiding force to the team in the match," he said.
In earlier matches, Pakistan beat New Zealand 4-3 while Australia, winners of the title seven times, beat India 4-3 to start their campaign on a winning note.
In tomorrow's fixtures, Australia take on Pakistan, South Korea face India and Malaysia are up against New Zealand.
Australia vs Pakistan- 4.05pm
South Korea vs India- 6.05pm
Malaysia vs New Zealand - 8.05pm