Malaysia put on an aggressive performance to come out worthy winners against Singapore thanks to goals from Shakir Ali and Safiq Rahim
As expected, Malaysia took the game to Singapore right from kick-off and had their first chance when Shakir Ali’s shot was deflected for a corner. Norshahrul was next to try his luck, but his effort sailed way over the crossbar after a neat one-two with Safiq.
The Tigers' early dominance paid off in the 19th minute when Norshahrul dinked in a floating cross which was beautifully flicked home by Shakir Ali to give Malaysia a deserved lead.
Stung by the equaliser, Singapore slowly came out of their traps and Alexandar Duric saw his effort saved by Khairul Fahmi and the danger was eventually cleared.
Malaysia regained the initiative and Gurusamy was unlucky to see his 25-yard effort just whistle past the post with Hyrulnizam at full stretch.
The midfielder then floated an inch perfect cross for Shakir Ali, only to see the striker head just past the post.
Safiq Rahim fashioned Malaysia’s last chance of the half with a low free-kick that was palmed away by Izwan as Harimau Malaya went into the break clearly the better side.
Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic brought on Agu Casmir for Firdaus Kasman in the second half to boost the Lions attacking foray but they were stung by a wonderful Tigers second goal.
There appeared little danger when Safiq Rahim lined up a free-kick from 30 yards out, but he curled in a sublime effort into the roof of the net as Mohamad Izwan was left clutching at thin air.
Things got heated soon after when Singapore’s Mustafic Fahrudin lunged in dangerously at Norhshahrul.
Thai Referee Teetichai had no choice but to issue the midfielder a straight red card, leaving Singapore down to ten men. Malaysian defender Bunyamin Umar was however lucky to escape without a second caution for his part in the tussle as well.
Malaysia were all over their neighbours by then, and goalkeeper Hyrulnizam produced two fingertip saves to deny substitute Safee Sali and Gurusamy as Malaysia threatened to add to their advantage.
As it turned out, two goals were enough as Malaysia ran out worthy winners to avenge their first leg result and send 30,000 fans home with big smiles on their face.