Malaysia are through to the semi-finals of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup after claiming a 3-1 win over Singapore to finish second in Group B.
Following a goalless first half at the National Stadium, Harimau Malaya took the lead in the 61st minute when the ball broke to Safee Sali inside the box, and the striker made no mistake in smashing an emphatic strike into the back of the net.
However, Singapore looked to have forced the draw they needed to advance when Khairul Amri pounced on rebound to score, after Safuwan Baharudin’s blistering freekick had been parried by Khairul Fahmi.
But as the clock ticked over into injury-time, Malaysia were controversially awarded a penalty after Amri Yahyah was adjuged to have been shoved from behind by Hafiz Abu Sujad; Safiq Rahim stepping up to the spot and firing past Hassan Sunny’s despairing dive.
And right at the death, with Hassan up in the other box in a last-ditch attempt to grab an equaliser, the Malaysians cleared their lines and hit on the counter before Indra Putra Mahayuddin slotted into the unguarded net from 30 yards out to seal the win for his side.
Next up for Harimau Malaya will be a semi-final clash against Group A winner Vietnam, with the first leg to take place on December 7.
Malaysia: Khairul Fahmi, Mahali Jasuli, Shukor Adan, Muslim Ahmad, Zubir Azmi, Azamuddin Akil, Gary Robbat (Hafiz Kamal 58’), Safiq Rahim, Amri Yahyah, Safee Sali (Indra Putra Mahayuddin 88’), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Abdul Manaf Mamat 90’).
Singapore: Hassan Sunny, Ismadi Mukhtar, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah, Shaiful Esah (Hafiz Abu Sujad 63’), Hariss Harun, Shahril Ishak, Fazrul Nawaz (Gabriel Quak 63’), Shahfiq Ghani (Amirul Adli 76’), Faris Ramli, Khairul Amri.