Naypyitaw, Myanmar — Singapore defeated a ten-man Brunei team 2-0 in men’s football at the SEA Games in Myanmar on Friday evening.
The victory sets up a decisive encounter between Singapore and Malaysia on Sunday – the top two teams in Group A.
The young Lions entered the game at Zeyar Thiri Stadium against Brunei with much confidence coming off an excellent performance against Vietnam two days ago, which they won 1-0.
Singapore was in control from the very beginning of today’s match, playing most of the contest in Brunei’s half of the pitch, but the first goal didn’t come until the 35th minute as Brunei keeper Omar Nur Aqammaddin Sallehuddin repeatedly made saves.
The young Lions finally took the lead against the stingy Brunei defence when Harris Harun finally beat Omar Nur.
Brunei’s Muhammad Azwan Ali Rahman narrowly missed the equalizer just before the break, but his shot was off when the Singapore keeper was out of position, according to reports.
The Singapore team dominated the second half, dictating the pace of the game, and in the 58th minute got their second goal with Muhammad Sahil Suhaimi scoring.
In the 65th minute a red card on Brunei’s Mohammad Kahiri for an off the ball incident ended Brunei’s hopes for a comeback, and they packed their defence to keep Singapore from adding to the scoreline.
Brunei finds itself in last place in the Group A standngs, with their next match Tuesday against Laos.