Malaysia’s hopes of finishing seventh in the World University Games were dashed as Ong Kim Swee’s side lost 3-1 to Canada in a classification match in Kazan yesterday.

Malaysia dominated proceedings and opened accounts through D. Saarvindran in the 28th minute.

But Canada drew level in the 40th minute when they were awarded a penalty which Marco Thomas Visintin converted from the spot.

In the second half, Canada went on the offensive and were rewarded in the 48th minute when Matthew Medoruma found the back of the net before Mario Kovacevic put the result beyond doubt eight minutes from time.

Kim Swee said his team played well in the first half but the referee spoiled it for them by awarding a penalty.

Despite the absence of 14 regulars, Malaysia finished as the second best Asian team behind bronze medallists Japan.