It comes to this then, a Singapore vs Malaysia game to see who takes the final spot in Group B of the Suzuki Cup.
With Singapore and Malaysia both losing to Thailand in the group stages of the Suzuki Cup, it means Thailand has all but qualified for the knockout stages of the Suzuki Cup, leaving Singapore and Malaysia to fight for the final spot in Group B. Thailand beat Singapore at the Singapore Sports Hub in the dying minutes and came back against neighbours Malaysia in fighting fashion at the Jalan Besar stadium to cement their place in the knockout of the Suzki Cup, leaving Singapore and Malaysia to battle it out in the final group game for a qualifying berth.
Singapore and Malaysia are no strangers to each other, with us being so close and basically embroiled in a football tug of war for as long as the countries have played each other. It’s always been a thrilling encounter with both sets of fans turning up in full support of their respective countries. Singapore has the upper hand in the thrilling encounter with 29 wins against our neighbours, drawing 21 times and losing 21 times. As holders of the AFF Suzuki Cup, pressure would be on Singapore to beat our Malaysian neighbours this coming Saturday in front of their home fans.
Singapore lost their opening fixture against Thailand but rallied back to beat Myanmar after coming close to losing their lead, prevailed and dashed all hopes for Myanmar leaving the group stages of the competition. The rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia will be intense no doubt with both sets of players understanding what’s on the line. Singapore needs at least a draw coming into the game, as they currently sit in second place in the group with three points, while neighbours Malaysia sits in third with one point.
So come this Saturday, we’ll no doubt have an exciting clash on our hands and be backing our lions in the newly revamped National Stadium.