England were in a must win situation (then hope that South Africa would not win the following match against New Zealand) but it was the Malaysians, already qualified for the quarter-finals, who were faster off the blocks, peppering Harry Gibson in the English goal and earning a couple of penalty-corners. They scored on their third attempt by Mohd Bin Hashim in the 15th minute and things were not looking good for the English team, unable to untangle themselves from the pressing Malaysian web.
David Goodfield had a good chance for England with a diving deflection but immediately needed to rush back to defend a penalty-corner earned by Malaysia on the counter-attack. The Asian Champions deepened the gap in the 26th minute by Firhan Ashari, but England immediately pulled one back by Luke Taylor with a well-executed penalty-corner.
England were only one goal down going into the break but were facing a steep road ahead to catch up and overtake the Malaysian side, on fire since the beginning of this competition.
England could not capitalize on a penalty-corner early in second period and were immediately punished when Muhammad Bin Baharom scored on the next action after Muhammad Bin Saabah stole the ball from the stick of an English defender. England kept trying but were consistently denied by Hazrul Sobri, in dazzling form in the Malaysian goal.
Fitri Saari scored in 57th minute with a stunning backhand that left Harry Gibson stranded, and there was no coming back for the English side, despite a late goal by Phil Roper and replacing their goal-keeper with an additional field player for a desperate final rush. Malaysia finished comfortably on top of Pool D with maximum points while England had to wait to know if they would finish 3rd or 4th in the group, out of the quarter-finals anyway.