Naypyitaw, Myanmar – The match between Singapore and Malaysia ended in a 1-1 draw after Malaysia scored the equaliser at the very end of the contest at the SEA Games on Sunday afternoon.
With the tie, Singapore booked their place in the semi-finals of men’s football, while Malaysia stayed alive in their quest for the other Group A slot.
With Malaysia needing a win and Singapore satisfied with just a draw, the long-standing rivals battled to the very end at Wunna Theikdi Stadium.
“It was two points lost today but it was always going to be tough considering the history between the two countries,” Singapore coach Aide Iskandar said after the match. “But we are certain of a place in the semi-finals and that was important.”
Singapore and Malaysia are currently in first and second place in the Group A standings, with 8 points and 7 points, while Vietnam is in third with 3 points. The Vietnamese take on Laos later tonight.
The Singapore team started off strong with a rocket from Sahil Suhaimi off a corner that was blocked by the Malaysian keeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi Roslan.
Malaysia then came back with a string of opportunities, but couldn’t score the go-ahead goal as the teams headed to the break still tied at 0-0.
In the second half, Singapore took the lead in the 62nd minute with a goal by Muhammad Afiq Yunos.
With defeat staring Malaysia in the face in the last few minutes of the match, a freekick changed the outcome when Mohd Rozaimi curled the ball in to beat Mohamad Izwan.
Malaysian coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee said after the match, “We are still confident that we can make the semi-finals when we take on Vietnam in two days,” according to reports.