PETALING JAYA - Singapore picked up the bronze medal in the men's Under-23 football competition when they defeated Malaysia 2-1 at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium on Saturday.
Two quick kills by skipper Hariss Harun in the 13th and 14th minutes enabled the Lions to walk away with the bronze over a demoralised Malaysian side. A. Thamil Arasu reduced the deficit in the 69th minute.
The Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) new signing in the Super League scored the opening goal off a Malaysian goalkeeping blunder. Mohd Izham Tarmizhi fumbled to hold a cross from a corner-kick in the 13th minute and the lurking Hariss had the easiest task to tap into a yawning goalmouth.
Barely a minute later, Hariss punished the Malaysian defence when he connected with a low cross from Safuwan Baharuddin, beating Izham from close range for the second time.
The Malaysians staged a fightback in the second-half with Thamil Arasu scoring in the 69th minute but their fight was a little too late. They will return home empty handed after having won the gold in Jakarta two years ago.