Great Britain 8-1 Malaysia: GB women cruise into semi-finals at Olympic qualifiers

Great Britain’s women cruised past Malaysia 8-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifiers in Valencia.

Hannah French, Tess Howard and Giselle Ansley all scored twice as GB claimed a comfortable victory to finish second in Group B.

Izzy Petter and Sarah Jones also netted, while Nur Azhar scored a consolation for Malaysia.

Also on Tuesday, GB’s men beat Malaysia 4-1 in their Olympic qualifier in Muscat, Oman.

Sam Ward scored twice, with Will Calnan and Zach Wallace also on target to send GB top of Pool A.

Shahril Saabah was the goalscorer for Malaysia.

GB’s men face China in their final group game on Thursday and will secure a place in the semi-finals if they finish in the top two.

Meanwhile, victory for GB’s women means they will face the winners of Group A on 18 January for a place in the final.

They won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016 and bronze at the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

GB will qualify for Paris 2024 if they reach the final, but they would also reach this year’s Games if they were to lose the semi-final but win the third-place play-off.

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