Malaysia brushed aside the challenge from Oman to secure their semi-final place in the Asian Games.
They registered an emphatic 7-0 win after overcoming stiff resistance in the first half when a solitary goal separated the two teams.
Malaysia finished second behind Pakistan and will now take on India in the first semifinal on Thursday.
“We faced some difficulty in the first quarter but I was never worried of the result. All we needed was a win to secure our place and that was never in doubt,” said Malaysian coach Stephen van Huizen.
After early pressure, Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 13th minute. But Razie Rahim sent his attempt wide of the goal. But Razie made no mistake from the second penalty corner in the 28th minute to give Malaysia a 1-0 lead.
Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil scored Malaysia’s second via a simple tap-in after the initial shot by Faisal Saari was saved by the keeper in the 32nd minute. Faisal got his name onto the scoresheet in the 34th minute by converting a penalty corner. In the 37th minute, Firhan Ashaari scored the fourth and Malaysia were in cruise mode.
Youngster Nik Aiman Nik Rozemi added the fifth in the 43rd minute and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin made it 6-0 seconds before the third quarter ended.
Faisal made it 7-0 in the 48th minute via a field goal.