SEA Games Review: 10-man Malaysia edge past Timor Leste

An early D. Savindran goal proved to be the difference as Malaysia beat Timor Leste to keep pace with leaders Thailand and Vietnam in Group B.

Despite having to play with one man down for most of the game, the Young Tigers managed to eke out a 1-0 victory against their opponents.



Ong Kim Swee’s side took the lead after just 11 minutes through a superb counter-attacking move.

Perak FA winger M. Nurridzuan went on a sizzling run down the left before squaring across goal for Syafiq Ahmad, who in turn set up Saarvindran for a brilliant first-time finish low past Timor Leste keeper Ramos Maxanches.

Syafiq should have put them two goals ahead four minutes later after Timor Leste centre-back Jorge Sebas Victor slipped up in defence, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Maxanches.

The Young Tigers were then reduced to 10 men on 32 minutes, after midfield wizard Nazmi Faiz spat in Timor Leste defender Felipe Oliveira’s direction following a tussle near the right touchline.

The one-man disadvantage meant Timor Leste were able to make more inroads into the final third thereafter, but they were unable to apply the finishing touch.

At the other end, Amer Saidin saw his header on 73 minutes coming off the crossbar after he had gotten on to the end of a superb Nazirul Naim corner.

Timor Leste could have levelled matters in the dying stages through two brilliant freekicks from captain Anggisu Barbosa, but Malaysia custodian Farhan Abu Bakar was alert to push both efforts away.

That eventually sealed the 1-0 win, which enabled the Young Tigers to keep pace with Thailand and Vietnam at the top of Group B.

Photo: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/ Action Images via Reuters