The Singapore nationwide soccer crew wanted to maintain it tight on the again and solely maintain out for a goalless draw of their last AFF Mitsubishi Electrical Group B to qualify for the semi-finals, however they went down 4-1 towards arch-rivals Malaysia on the Bukit Jalil Stadium on Wednesday night time.
Petaling Jaya FC striker Darren Lok opened the scoring for Harimau Malaya within the thirty fifth minute. Stuart Wilkin added a brace within the second half for the hosts within the fiftieth and 54th minute. Faris Ramli lowered the deficit for the Lions within the eighty fifth minute, however substitute Sergio Aguero restored Malaysia’s three-goal lead within the 88th minute.
With the outcomes, Singapore ended the marketing campaign in third place with seven factors. Malaysia is in second place with 9 factors, whereas Vietnam is within the first place with ten factors. The highest two groups from every group superior to the semi-finals.
In Group A, Thailand and Indonesia are on ten factors, however the Thais are on the high spot attributable to a superior aim distinction. Within the semi-finals, Vietnam will face Indonesia, whereas Malaysia will tackle favourites Thailand.
The Malaysians got here out with an attacking mindset because the Lions’ custodian Hassan Sunny was the busier of the 2 goalkeepers proper from the beginning. Within the eighth minute, Singapore’s defence was caught napping from an extended ball into the field, however that they had Hassan to thank as he made a double save to disclaim Faisal Halim and V. Ruventhiran.
Hassan was as soon as once more known as into motion within the seventeenth minute. Faisal Halim retook possession from Hafiz Nor, and he dazzled previous the Singapore defence earlier than he unleashed a strong shot that was palmed away by the Singapore goalkeeper.
The impasse was lastly damaged within the thirty fifth minute when Safawi Rashid, regardless of being marked by two Singapore gamers, managed to cross the ball from the fitting flank, and Lok despatched a thumping header to the highest nook.
The house followers didn’t want to attend lengthy after the half-time break for his or her second aim. Wilkin took benefit of a clearance by Singapore’s captain Hariss Harun which was poorly handled by Shawal Anuar, and the Sabah midfielder’s long-range effort flew previous the hapless Hassan into the underside nook within the fiftieth minute.
England-born Wilkin was the night time’s hero for the Malaysian followers as he added his crew’s third aim 4 minutes later. Safawi did the laborious work on the byline, feeding him the ball within the penalty field and Wilkin made no mistake together with his effort.
There seemed to be a glimmer of hope within the closing levels of the sport when Faris pulled a aim again within the eighty fifth minute, however three minutes later, Argentinian-born Aguero extinguished all hopes of any comeback for the guests.
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