SEA Games Review: Singapore dumped out by Indonesia, Malaysia bow out on a high

The final day of the 2015 SEA Games football tournament group stages saw Indonesia claiming a 1-0 win against hosts Singapore to reach the semi-finals, while Malaysia came from behind to beat Laos 3-1.

Indonesia will now take on Thailand in the last four, with the winner of the tie facing either Myanmar or Vietnam in the final.   

Singapore 0 Indonesia 1

FULL HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbGIKvYqoGU

The Young Lions needed a win to progress into the semi-finals but were unable to break down the resolute Indonesia defence throughout.

After a tame first half which saw them fail to fire any shots on target, Aide’s men were duly punished two minutes after the break when it was Indonesia instead who found the breakthrough.

Muchlis Hadi Ning Syaifulloh’s cutback from the right inadvertently found its way to star Evan Dimas, who needed no further invitation to whip a brilliant effort beyond Syazwan Buhari’s reach and into the top right corner of goal.

Aide Iskandar’s charges attempted to muster a comeback thereafter but to no avail.

The result ensures their gold medal quest ended on a premature note, with Aide taking full responsibility for the failure by announcing his resignation at the post-match press conference.

On the other hand, Thursday’s win was a glorious achievement for the Indonesians, who bounce back from turmoil in their football association and opening day defeat to Myanmar to emerge as title dark horses.

Laos 1 Malaysia 3

FULL HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwF9ndo-Sb0

The Laotians took a shock lead midway through the first half through forward Soukchinda Natphasouk, who was left unmarked to nod home an inswinging corner.

However, the Malaysians levelled matters minutes before the half time whistle when Syafiq Ahmad precisely brought down goalkeeper Farhan Abu Bakar’s hopeful long punt before firing clinically inside the left-hand post.

Ong Kim Swee’s outfit duly turned took the lead in the 71st minute when Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat headed home Faizat Ghazali’s free-kick.

The comeback was completed 10 minutes later as scorer Saiful turned provider by releasing Syahrul Azwari, who coolly toe-poked it past Laos keeper Soukthavy Soundala from close range to close their SEA Games campaign with a victory.

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