Good start for Malaysia; Thailand,Myanmar settle for draw

Singapore goalkeeper Mohd Syazwan Buhari punching the ball out before Malaysia's A D. Saarvindran gets to it in their Merdeka Tournament opener. – Bernama PhotoThe National Under-23 boys got off to a dream start in the Merdeka Tournament after defeating 10-man Singapore 1-0 in the opening game at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday night.

Ong Kim Swee’s men came alive in the second half with A. Thamil Arasu netting the winner 30 seconds into the second half.

Malaysia could have doubled their lead but winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor snuffed a spot kick after Singapore’s Mohd Afiq Yunos was red-carded for using his hands to deny Junior Edlstal’s goal-bound header in the 54th minute.

The heavy downpour an hour before the kick-off and the drizzle after that left the pitch water-logged and made play difficult for both teams.

Read the full report by K. Rajan here.

Meanwhile, Myanmar and Thailand settled for a 1-1 draw in the other match yesterday, as reported here.

Pic by Bernama

HD says: Good start for Ong Kim Swee's lads.


  1. Siapalah FAM nak denda pulak dek insiden suar (flare) sebelum perlawanan bermula dan sejurus selepas perlawanan tamat.


  2. Good start. The most important is to beat Singapore, our arch-rival. We could have beaten them by more goals should it be no rain. Anyway, I hope Harimau Muda would continue with their fine run in this Merdeka Tournament. Good luck OKS.

    Pak Nik


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