Beat Pakistan or risk finishing last.

The match against Pakistan on Wednesday night is not only a do or die battle for qualification to the next round, but the stakes are much higher then that.

A Malaysian win would give them a bright chance of making the next round.

But a defeat or a draw will not only see them missing out of a place in the next round but relegate then to the 13-16 positions

And this is where it gets dicey.

Should Malaysia lose to Pakistan, they will be, at the end of two matches for every team, be at the bottom of the pile, meaning they will be 16th as they are the only team with no points.

The other fourth placed teams, France. South Africa, England , all have one point through a draw they earned.

And Malaysia though, should they lose to Pakistan, or even draw, it will see them occupying the last spot amongst all 16 teams after two matches played due to an inferior goal difference as the 7-0 defat to the Dutch could prove costly when the dust settles.

So if at the end of the preliminary round, the equation remains the same, and Malaysia ends up in 4th position in Group D, then there is every likelihood that we could end up in a very embarrassing pisitionZ

Based on the competition regulations, as below, the final placing will be determined as follows;

CLASSIFICATION RANKING

4.1 The teams that finish 4th in their respective pools will be ranked 13th / 16th and the ranking will be determined as follows.

a The teams will be ranked according to the number of points gained in pool matches

b If there remains equality, the teams will be ranked according to the number of matches won

c If there still remains equality, the teams will be ranked according to their respective goal difference (which means “goals for” less “goals against”). A positive goal difference always takes precedence over a negative one

d If there still remains equality, the teams will be ranked according to their respective “goals for”

e If there still remains equality, the teams will be ranked according to the number of Field Goals scored.

g Should there still remain equality, then the ranking will be shared equally.

So to avoid finishing as last, for the second successive World Cup, a positive result is needed in the final two matches, against Pakistan and Germany.

The destiny and fate of the team lies in the funds of the players.

And from the look of things, it’s either a win against Pakistan or the 16th spot awaits us,

That’s how crucial the 60 minutes this Wednesday is against Pakistan.

No doubt this will be at the back of the minds of the players and let’s hope they rise to the occasion by collecting all three points against Pakistan.

A draw is not enough and the team knows it.