Man of the Match: Malaysia U-23 1-1 Singapore U-23

The Sabah-born forward came on in the last 20 minutes and rescued them from the brink of defeat against the Young Lions, with a 90th minute equalizer

Rozaimi Rahman
Malaysia U-23 1-1 Singapore U-23
Minutes Played 20
Goals 1
Match Report
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In what was a drabby encounter between Malaysia and Singapore, it was pretty hard to pick the Man of the Match. But if there was one name worth mentioning, it would be Rozaimi Rahman.

It was a bit eccentric to not see him start the game, and Malaysia predictably lacked firepower upfront. They huffed and puffed against their causeway rivals, and when Singapore took the lead, it became harder for Malaysia.

Ong Kim Swee looked incredibly frustrated on the sidelines, but when Rozaimi was introduced on the 70th minute mark, Malaysia's tempo increased. He began to cause trouble for the Singapore defence with his movement and general ball control.

7 minutes after coming on, Rozaimi fired an attempt onto the side netting. It gave Harimau Muda some hope as they kept pushing on the offensive. But when all hope looked thin, Rozaimi stood up in injury time to fire home and restore parity.

It was a clear display of ability as Rozaimi withstood incredible pressure to curl a composed attempt into the back of the net and rescue Malaysia from the brink of defeat.

The draw means that Singapore have qualified for the knockout rounds, though Malaysia will have to wait until their final group game to confirm their spot. Nonetheless, Rozaimi's performance after coming on today would have made Ong Kim Swee to reflect on his initial decision of not starting the prolific young forward.

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