Top 5: Singapore-Myanmar match-ups

Ahead of Wednesday's crunch fixture, Gary Koh takes a look at some of the biggest Singapore—Myanmar matches in recent memory...

17 June 1993: Singapore 3-3 Myanmar

Southeast Asian Games 1993 Football Semi-final, Singapore

After going two goals in front through Steven Tan and Fandi Ahmad, Singapore’s run towards their elusive biennial Games football gold was making good progress until  Lim Tong Hai’s unfortunate brace of own goals sent the semi-final into extra time. While Tan saved local blushes after cancelling out Win Aung’s goal, it was not enough as skipper Razali Saad saw his spot kick saved to send the hosts out 4-5 on penalties in front of a stunned capacity National Stadium crowd.

6 December 1995: Myanmar 2-4 Singapore

Southeast Asian Games Football 1995 Group B, Lamphun, Thailand

Following an embarrassing opener where they had to claw back to draw 2-2 with Brunei Darussalam, Singapore’s campaign looked in serious trouble when Myanmar took an early lead. That goal sparked a four-goal first-half blitz instead as V. Selvaraj and Fandi Ahmad bagged a brace each to put the Lions 4-1 ahead at the break. While Myanmar pulled one back, it was not enough as Singapore got their tournament back on track.

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4 July 1996: Singapore 2-2 Myanmar

AFC Asian Cup 1996 Qualifying Group 3, Singapore

Never mind the heartbreak Singapore suffered with 20 minutes to go in their final qualifying match against Thailand to miss out of the finals, they would have wondered what could have been had the Lions not squandered two points against Myanmar. The Lions went ahead through a Rafi Ali double before Myo Hliang Win and Kyaw Win scored to ensure a share of the points – and left the hosts with all to do for the remainder of their qualifying campaign.

29 December 2004: Myanmar 3-4 Singapore

AFF Tiger Cup 2004/5 Semi-final First Leg, Cheras, Malaysia

The first leg of the epic two-leg semi-final series witnessed a see-saw affair as both sides took turns to have a go at each other. Daniel Bennett put Singapore in front but Myanmar scored two goals before Agu Casmir ensured parity at the break. Dismissal to goalkeeper coach Lee Bee Seng appeared to fire up the Lions as Noh Alam Shah and Shahril Ishak restored advantage before Soe Myat Min reduced the deficit to set up an enthralling second leg in Singapore.

2 January 2005: Singapore 4-2 Myanmar

AFF Tiger Cup 2004/5 Semi-final Second Leg, Singapore

Drama, goals, cards, pandemonium, the second leg of the semi-finals had everything rolled into one in a rain-soaked evening at the old National Stadium. At first, Myanmar looked to be advancing into the Final when Soe Myat Min and Aung Kyaw Moe put the visitors ahead. However, three red cards incensed the visiting fans and a Noh Alam Shah goal leveled the score on aggregate. In the midst of rioting on and off the pitch, Alam Shah completed his hat-trick with Agu Casmir scoring the other goal to send Singapore through to their first final since 1998.

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7 December 2008: Singapore 3-1 Myanmar

AFF Suzuki Cup 2008 Group A, Jakarta, Indonesia

Yet more tensions flared up in Indonesia after an incident that saw Singapore score their third goal. Before that, Myo Min Tun pulled one back after Noh Alam Shah and Agu Casmir had put the Lions in the driving seat in the first quarter hour. A quickly taken free kick late in the second half saw John Wilkinson set up Casmir for his brace and that sparked fierce protests. A red card to Myanmar goalkeeper Aung Aung Oo saw his side walk out for six minutes before the match finished without further incident.

Photo: Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal