KUALA LUMPUR: Hopes to at least match Japan in the Olympic Qualifiers sizzled out for Malaysia after Japan trashed them 4-0 at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Malaysian coach Ong Kim Swee opted to change his tactics as his team used the long ball more often than the usual short passes.

The move proved proved disastrous as Malaysia failed to pass the ball, and organize any proper attacks towards the Japanese goal mouth.

Instead, Japan whom needed a big win to improve their chances for the Asian football automatic spot in the London Olympics defeated Khairul Fahmi Che Mat in the first half by slotting in two goals courtesy of Gotoko Sakai  and Yuya Osaka. Two more leaks came in the second half courtesy of sloppy defending and poor goalkeeping by the Young Tigers.  The goals were scored by Hiroshe Kiyotake and Keigo Higashi.

The Young Tigers did have their chance to score a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game, but the ‘Blue Samurai’ stood the test to give Japan a massive 4-0 win.

The defeat dumps Malaysia at the foot of the group, with little to play when they travel to Syria in their last game for the Olympics Qualifiers.