SEA Games Review: Singapore back to winning ways, Malaysia salvage pride

Day 10 of the SEA Games football tournament saw Singapore pick up a much-needed 3-1 victory against Cambodia, while already-eliminated Malaysia claimed a consolation victory with a 2-0 result against Brunei.

Singapore now hold the crucial second spot in Group A, while Malaysia gave their fans something to cheer about after early elimination from Group B.

Cambodia 1 Singapore 3


After an off-colour first half, the Young Lions sprung into life just before the referee blew for the break.

It was Safirul Sulaiman who first curled home a peach of a freekick from 20 yards out, before Faris Ramli followed up on the rebound from Irfan Fandi’s parried shot to head into an empty net.

Substitute Chan Vathanaka pulled one back for the Cambodians on 57 minutes via a header from Chinn Chhoeun’s cross, but there was no dream comeback for the visitors.

Instead, Sahil Suhaimi broke free on the stroke of full time to coolly slot his first goal of the tournament inside Sereyroth’s near post to seal the win for the Singaporeans.

Brunei 0 Malaysia 2


Despite holding the much-fancied Malaysians for the first 70 minutes, Brunei were unable to avoid their fifth defeat in as many matches.

Even the despairing dive of Md Ahsanuddin Hj Md Dani in the Brunei goal was unable to prevent Nurridzuan Abu Hassan’s low 30-yard free-kick on 71 minutes from going in.

Malaysia centre-back Adam Nor Azlin then sealed victory six minutes later as he volleyed home from eight yards out, after Ahsanuddin made a complete hash of his attempted punch on Ariff Farhan’s cross from wide.

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