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Top 5: Singapore-Thailand match-ups

Ahead of today's big fixture, Gary Koh takes a look at some of the biggest Singapore—Thailand matches in recent memory...

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9 July 1996: Singapore 2-2 Thailand

AFC Asian Cup 1996 Qualifying Group 3, Singapore

With just over 20 minutes to go, Singapore were in good position to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup finals as group winners after a V.Selvaraj brace in the second half put them ahead. Two quickfire goals in three minutes from current Thai coach Kiatisuk Senamuang and Natipong Sritong-In put paid to these hopes as the Thais qualified for the finals in United Arab Emirates that year at the expense of the Lions.

10 September 1996: Singapore 0-1 Thailand

AFF Tiger Cup 1996 Group B, Singapore

In just a space of two months, another decisive showdown loomed between the two Southeast Asian sides, each needing a result to join Malaysia in the semi-finals. It was the eventual champions who had the last laugh as Natipong Sritong-In (again!) came off the bench to score a second-half winner to send the hosts crashing out of the inaugural regional tournament on home soil.

4 February 2007: Thailand 1-1 Singapore

AFF Football Championship 2007 Final Second Leg, Bangkok

Following a controversial 2-1 first leg lead that led to a brief Thai walkout in Singapore, Thailand knew they only needed a solitary goal to seal the title. The plan was working to perfection when Pipat Thonkanya put his side in front and Shahril Ishak had a legitimate goal disallowed for offside. The Thais did not reckon for regional final specialist Khairul Amri though, who managed to find space to power home the title-winning goal six minutes from time.

14 November 2009: Singapore 1-3 Thailand

AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying Group E, Singapore

Following a surprise 2-1 win over Jordan in qualifying earlier that year, Singapore needed the points at home against Thailand in what was Bryan Robson’s first competitive match in charge for the visitors. Former Singapore-based players Sutee Suksomkit and Therdsak Chaiman had the last laugh though as their goals significantly dented the Lions’ hopes of playing their first Asian Cup finals since 1984.

19 December 2012: Singapore 3-1 Thailand

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Final First Leg, Singapore

Coached by Winfred Schafer, Thailand came to Singapore with a better form record and were highly-fancied to take the championship in the final. However, the Lions had other ideas as they chose the grandest way to conclude Radjoko Avramovic’s last home international in style. An equaliser from Adul Lahso to cancel out Fahrudin Mustafic’s penalty did not ruffle the hosts as they secured a commanding first-leg lead they would not relinquish through further goals from Khairul Amri and Baihakki Khaizan.

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27 February 1977: Singapore 2-0 Thailand

FIFA World Cup 1978 Asian Qualifying Group 1, Singapore

Having been at the wrong end of several high-scoring defeats to the Thais in that era, the Choo Seng Quee-led Singapore side showed they were more than just seasoned Malaysia Cup campaigners when they stunned their opponents through goals from Quah Kim Song and S. Rajagopal in the opening game of the World Cup qualifying campaign that would see them agonisingly come close to advancing into the next round.

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