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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.

March 18, 2008: Home United 5-1 Kedah FA (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.

After Shafiq Jamal had broken the deadlock for the visitors with a 12th-minute strike, the Protectors bounced back in style.

Kengne Ludovick and Shahril Ishak both netted in a five-minute spell to give Home the lead at half-time, before the Cameroonian striker added another five minutes after the break.

Peres de Oliveira then wrapped up the win with two goals in 10 minutes.

Ironically, Home would be given a bitter taste of their own medicine two months later in the final match of the group stages – they lost 4-1 at Darul Aman Stadium, after scoring first through Ludovick.

Nelson San Martin (brace), Sabre Mat Abu and Marlon Alex James responded for the Canaries to secure their revenge.