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Singapore defeats Malaysia 5-4 on penalties

Singapore defeats Malaysia 5-4 on penalties

Singapore edged Malaysia 5-4 on penalties to reach the Asean Football Championship final after a second-leg semi-final that stretched for more than two hours.
The score at the end of extra-time was 1-1, a repeat of the result in the first leg at Shah Alam earlier this week.
With earlier spot kicks all converted, Singapore goalkeeper Lionel Lewis saved the final attempt by Malaysian substitute Khyril Muhymeen to send the 55,000 home supporters at the National Stadium in Singapore wild.
Malaysia had taken a shock lead in the 57th minute as midfielder Eddy Helmi chested down a clearance from Singapore defender Precious Emuejeraye before sending a swerving volley towards goal from outside the box.
The ball bounced off the ground, out of Lionel Lewis' grasp and into the net.
But Singapore equalized in the 74th minute as Noh Alam Shah headed down a cross from left-back Daniel Bennett. Just when Malaysia goalkeeper Syamsuri Mustaffa was about to get a clean grasp of the ball, Singapore winger Ridhuan Muhammad swept it into the net to make it 2-2 on aggregate.
Singapore, who missed captain and defender Aide Iskandar through suspension, appeared shaky in defense at times. They created several chances in the second-half but failed to make them count.
Singapore's first look at goal came through a freekick by Shi Jiayi that hit the side-netting in the ninth minute.
Malaysia's closest chance came in the 107th minute when Shukor Adan's close-range shot was thwarted by keeper Lionel Lewis. For Singapore, a 35-metre thunderbolt from Precious in the 115th minute could have settled the tie but for a fantastic tip over the bar from Syamsuri to set the stage for the penalty shootout.
Singapore will meet either Thailand or Vietnam in the two-legged final on Jan 31 and Feb 4. Thailand hosts Vietnam on Sunday in the second leg of their semi-final in Bangkok after taking a 2-0 lead from the first leg in Hanoi.


Updated : 2020-12-05 14:26 GMT+08:00