Football: Stalemate in Causeway Challenge as Singapore draw 0-0 with Malaysia

Singapore did not get the chance to defeat Malaysia in the Causeway Challenge on Oct 7, 2016, which ended on a 0-0 draw.
Singapore did not get the chance to defeat Malaysia in the Causeway Challenge on Oct 7, 2016, which ended on a 0-0 draw. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Singapore did not get the chance to defeat Malaysia in the Causeway Challenge on Oct 7, 2016, which ended on a 0-0 draw.
Singapore did not get the chance to defeat Malaysia in the Causeway Challenge on Oct 7, 2016, which ended on a 0-0 draw. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Spectators cheer for the home team at the Causeway Challenge held at the National Stadium on Oct 7, 2016.
Spectators cheer for the home team at the Causeway Challenge held at the National Stadium on Oct 7, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - In a tightly contested Causeway Challenge, Singapore were unable to find a way past Malaysia as both sides battled to a 0-0 draw at the National Stadium on Friday night (Oct 7).

National caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy's men dominated the opening 45 minutes but could not find the breakthrough despite several good chances.

The best fell in the 42nd minute when striker Khairul Amri's curling effort crashed against the cross-bar and when the rebound fell to team-mate Hariss Harun, the Singapore captain could only direct his header against the woodwork again.

The last time both teams faced each other was in the final group match of the 2014 Suzuki Cup. Hosts Singapore, who were defending champions, conceded two stoppage-time goals and lost 1-3 at the National Stadium and were eliminated from the competition.

Singapore's next match will be away in Hong Kong on Oct 11. This will be followed by a 10-day training camp in Qatar (Nov 1-10), which includes two friendlies, and a final sparring match on Nov 12 before the Nov 19-Dec 17 Suzuki Cup co-hosted in the Philippines and Myanmar.

Singapore are in Group A alongside fellow four-time champions Thailand, Indonesia and hosts the Philippines. Malaysia are in Group B with Vietnam, Myanmar and a qualifier.

The Lions open their Suzuki Cup campaign against the Philippines on Nov 19.