Young Lions stunned by late leveller

Singapore qualified for the semi-finals of the SEA Games football competition yesterday, but were left to rue an injury-time equaliser which could hurt their chances of reaching the final.

Aide Iskandar's men were leading archrivals Malaysia 1-0 for over half an hour, until Rozaimi Abdul Rahman's curling free kick beat the wall and goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud.

A win would have guaranteed Singapore top spot in Group A.

Instead, the 1-1 result meant that the Young Lions, who finished the group stage with eight points, will have to await the outcome of tomorrow's tie between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Finishing first in the group is crucial because it would mean avoiding tournament favourites Thailand - who are expected to top Group B - in the semis.

Centre-back Afiq Yunos gave Singapore the lead on the hour mark with a close-range effort after Safuwan Baharudin's header struck the post, but Rozaimi's effort in the 91st minute rescued a point for the defending champions.

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