DHAKA: Malaysia played a cool and controlled game under humid conditions to beat China 7-1 in the Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday.
Coach Stephen Van Huizen's men will next play South Korea on Saturday at 7.30pm (Malaysian time) and a win will ensure spot in the second round.
Man-of-the-match had to be seasoned campaigner Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Jalil, whose quick reflexes handed Malaysia the first goal.
His goal came off a comedy of errors from China, as all their players in the semi-circle stopped playing, expecting the umpire to blow for a Malaysian penalty corner, but experienced Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin took the lull opportunity to slam in the ball.
The 12th minute goal took off a heavy load from the Malaysian shoulders.
China were never in the match after that, as Malaysia almost had total control of the ball and the second goal was scored in the 17th minute by Faizal Shaari.
Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin scored the third off another classic attempt in the 19th minute and China were in deep trouble.
Razie Rahim finally got his scoring touch right after the half-time break, when he sent in a sizzling drag flick to the roof of the goalmouth to make it 4-0 in the 31st minute.
Shahril Saabah made it 5-0 in the 35th minute, while Faizal got his hat-trick in the 41st minute and Ramadan Rosli scored number seven to totally demolish the Great Wall.
China scored their consolation off E Wenhui in the 56th minute.