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Top Five Malaysia vs Singapore club clashes

With Tampines Rovers set to take on Selangor FA in the AFC Cup on Tuesday, FourFourTwo’s Nigel Chin takes a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the greatest clashes between Singapore and Malaysia club sides.  

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31 July 2005: Tampines Rovers 4-2 Pahang FA (ASEAN Club championship)

This encounter remains the only time a Singapore club won the ASEAN Club Championship, a competition that lasted for two editions (2003 and 2005).

Both Tampines Rovers and Pahang FA were the favourites in the competition as they topped their respective groups and won all their matches en route to the final.

Hairuddin Omar and former Cameroonian international Bernand Samuel Tchoutang scored a minute before and after the break respectively to give the Elephants a 2-0 lead.

However, Noh Alam Shah pulled one back on the hour mark, before Mirko Grabovac and Fahrudin Mustafic both netted in a ten-minute spell that gave the Stags the lead.

Of course, it was Alam Shah, Southeast Asia’s deadliest striker at that time, who wrapped up the win in the 84th minute.

May 16, 2008: Kedah 4-1 Home United (AFC Cup)

S.League runner-ups Home United topped their group in the AFC Cup group stages back in 2008, finishing with five wins and a loss.

The largest winning margin of those five victories came against Malaysia League and Cup double winners Kedah FA – a 5-1 trouncing.

However, Kedah salvaged some pride back as Home were given a bitter taste of their own medicine two months later in the final match of the group stages. Travelling to Darul Aman Stadium, Home were given a resounding 4-1 defeat despite scoring first through Ludovick.

Nelson San Martin grabbed a brace before Sabre Mat Abu and Marlon Alex James responded for the Canaries to secure their revenge.