Five other times Malaysia enjoyed bragging rights over Singapore

The nation rejoiced on Wednesday after Malaysia Under-22 defeated their Causeway neighbours Singapore, pushing the Lions to the brink of an early exit in the ongoing SEA Games. Here FourFourTwo looks back at Malaysia’s five previous key wins over their arch-rivals.

SINGAPORE 1 MALAYSIA 3, NOVEMBER 2014

The Tigers desperately needed to win their final AFF Suzuki Cup Group B match against the co-hosts after collecting only one point from their opening two matches.

Anything less and it would have meant an early exit for Dollah Salleh's men.

For most parts of the first hour, the match could have gone either way. Then, Safee Sali put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute and it looked like Malaysia were going to progress to the last four until Khairul Amri equalised seven minutes from time.

Hearts were shattered but just when it seemed it was over, Malaysia earned a debatable penalty in stoppage time and Safiq Rahim duly converted it. Indra Putra Mahayuddin then rolled the ball into an unguarded net in the dying seconds to rub more salt into the Lions' wounds.

Malaysia defeated Vietnam in the semi-final but fell to Thailand in two narrowly contested legs of the final.

MALAYSIA 2 SINGAPORE 0, DECEMBER 2003

In a match that took place under similar circumstances as Malaysia's win in 2017, only this time in Ho Chi Minh City, Malaysia piled more misery on their rivals.

Singapore had lost their opening match 2-0 to Myanmar – just as they did to commence this year’s tournament – and needed at least a draw against Malaysia, who whipped Cambodia 8-1 in their opener several days earlier.

It was a close affair in the first half but the Malaysians pulled away in the second, taking the lead through K. Rajan close to the hour mark. Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli, who bagged a hat-trick in the first match, sealed the win in the 83rd minute.

Allan Harris’s men had an unblemished record in the group stage but fell 4-3 to Vietnam in the last four and settled for bronze after a shootout win over Myanmar.

This was Malaysia's last SEA Games triumph prior to this week.

SINGAPORE 0 MALAYSIA 4, DECEMBER 2002

Then known as the Tiger Cup (now the Suzuki Cup), there could not have been a bigger Group B opener than the meeting of the two rivals.

It also offered Singapore a chance to exact revenge over their exit in the previous edition two years earlier. Moreover, the match took place in the Lions' own backyard at the old Kallang Stadium.

Yet it turned out to be among the most one-sided derbies ever for Harimau Malaya.

Malaysia took the lead in the first half through Akmal Rizal before burying three more after the break. Indra Putra scored a brace while Nizaruddin Yusof added the fourth, all in a space of 20 minutes.

Malaysia went on to top the group but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Indonesia in the last four before another loss to Vietnam in the third-fourth playoff.