(File pix) Men's singles world No 1 Lee Chong Wei pulled one back for Malaysia with a 21-8, 21-5 thrashing of Yu Igarashi, but the tie was put to bed when reigning Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi made easy work of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean with a 21-17, 21-18 win. Pix by Luqman Hakim Zubir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will have another bite at the cherry when they take on Japan again in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup on Friday in Gold Coast, Australia.

On Wednesday, the national squad lost 3-2 to Japan in the final Group 1C tie, qualifying for the last eight stage as group runners-up behind their Asian counterparts.

Germany finished third after losing both their ties to Japan and Malaysia respectively.

Following the quarter-finals draw immediately after the final group ties, Malaysia are set to face Japan again for a place in the last four, where a showdown with top seeds China is almost inevitable.

BA of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost believes it's a new day and anything is possible.

"We can just hope for the best. Everybody did well in the last match and we can be proud.

"We knew that men's doubles would be crucial, but unfortunately, it turned out that way," said Frost, who added that Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong could not regain control of the situation despite winning the first game in the opening match on Wednesday.

Losing 18-21, 21-17, 21-16 to Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda added more pressure on 17-year-old Goh Jin Wei, who was outclassed by women's singles world No 3 Akane Yamaguchi 21-6, 21-17 in the second match.

Men's singles world No 1 Lee Chong Wei pulled one back for Malaysia with a 21-8, 21-5 thrashing of Yu Igarashi, but the tie was put to bed when reigning Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi made easy work of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean with a 21-17, 21-18 win.

In the final match that made no difference to the outcome, mixed doubles duo Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing beat Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino 21-16, 16-21, 21-19.

The other quarter-finals to take place will see China play India, Korea face Taiwan and Thailand take on Denmark.

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