KUALA LUMPUR: The national women’s team produced a promising performance in the 3-1 defeat to World No 8 China in the Asian Champions Trophy in Donghae, South Korea on Monday.
Hanis Nadia Onn scored for Malaysia in the 22nd minute while Zhang Jinrong (third), Li Hong (20th) and Cui Qiuxia (53rd) netted for China.
National coach K. Dharmaraj was pleased with his charges, who gave world beaters China a great fight.
"They are among the top teams in Asia. My charges exceeded expectations and I am very happy to see their progress," said Dharmaraj.
Malaysia were down 2-0 but still fought back to score, and China's third goal came off a penalty stroke.
"In the fourth quarter, skipper Siti (Noor Amarina Ruhani) made a rough tackle and China asked for a video referral which resulted in a penalty stroke. We had a good chance to narrow the gap, but missed a penalty corner attempt.
"We play Japan on Wednesday and I expect it to be another tough encounter."
In another match, Japan were held 1-1 by South Korea.