Singapore in gutsy draw with Malaysia

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Harhys Stewart and Malaysian forward Hadi Razak tussle for the ball in the second half. Photo: Kelly Wong/SNOC

NAM DINH, 14 MAY 2022 – It was feisty. It was end-to-end. It was dramatic. For the neutrals, this evening’s Causeway Derby did not disappoint. However, the performance by the Singapore Men’s Under-23 National Team in a 2-2 may prove too little too late, with qualification for the semi-finals now only a slim possibility at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. 

Nazri Nasir’s charges got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a cheap goal in the fourth minute. Pressing high, the Malaysians pressured Harhys Stewart into ceding possession right outside the penalty box. Although Ryaan Sanizal did well to block the initial shot at goal, Belgium-based Luqman Hakim picked up the loose ball and calmly rifled it into the back of the net.

The lead did not last though. Four minutes later, Shah Shahiran – one of the standout performers in this SEA Games campaign – got Singapore back on level terms with a screamer. Glenn Kweh did well to cut in from the left flank and the ball fell to Shah, whose first-time shot swerved past the diving Azri Ghani into the top right corner.

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