Asian Champions Malaysia had been hugely impressive since the beginning of this Junior World Cup, and were pitted in this quarter-final against Asian rival Korea, who had shown strong character in their last pool match against India to come back from a 2-goal deficit and edge the local team out of contention.
Malaysia survived two penalty-corner scares against ace Korean striker You Seungju in the initial five minutes of play. Contrary to form, You Seungju missed another attempt. Malaysia were more efficient at the other end and Shahril Saabah capitalized in an opportunity in the 18th minute. They could have deepened the gap soon after, but only found the post, and shot wide yet another penalty-corner attempt.
You Seungju redeemed himself when he hit the target on his forth penalty-corner attempt and the teams went into the break back to back, with total indecision on the possible outcome of the match.
Beginning of second period was somewhat messy, neither team wanting to give an inch and tempers flaring often. Malaysia had the territorial edge but could not capitalize on the opportunities they created and Korea where still keeping their heads above water going into the last ten minutes of the period.
Malaysia were finally rewarded for their persistence in the 62nd minute when Shahril Saabah hit the target with a powerful drag-flick in goal after a perfectly executed penalty-corner. Korea tried to engineer another comeback but could not break-down the Malaysian defense and the Asian Champions were on their way for the semi-finals for the first time since they hosted the Junior World Cup back in 1983, much to the ecstatic pleasure of their numerous fiery fans.