Football: Tense but goalless first half between Lions and Tigers

Malaysia fans at the National Stadium in Singapore during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup on Nov 29, 2014.  -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Malaysia fans at the National Stadium in Singapore during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup on Nov 29, 2014.  -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore supporters attend a football match against Malaysia during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore supporters attend a football match against Malaysia during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Azammuddin Akil (left) attempts a goal against Malaysia during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Azammuddin Akil (left) attempts a goal against Malaysia during the AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's Khairul Amri (centre) attempting a shot at goal watched by Malaysia's Muhammad Shukor bin Adan. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore's Khairul Amri (centre) attempting a shot at goal watched by Malaysia's Muhammad Shukor bin Adan. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore's goalkeeper Hassan Sunny (in green) saves the ball from Malaysia's Safee Sali (in blue) during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's goalkeeper Hassan Sunny (in green) saves the ball from Malaysia's Safee Sali (in blue) during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia players (in blue) celebrate after scoring their first goal against Singapore during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia players (in blue) celebrate after scoring their first goal against Singapore during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Mohd Amri Bin Yahyah challenges Singapore's Mohammad Shahril Bin Ishak (left) during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Mohd Amri Bin Yahyah challenges Singapore's Mohammad Shahril Bin Ishak (left) during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Azammuddin Bin Mohd Akil (centre) is challenged by Singapore's Harris Harun (right) during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Azammuddin Bin Mohd Akil (centre) is challenged by Singapore's Harris Harun (right) during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Mohd Safee Bin Mohd Sali (10) celebrates his goal against Singapore during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Mohd Safee Bin Mohd Sali (10) celebrates his goal against Singapore during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Muhammad Zubir Bin Mohd Azmi (right) challenges Singapore's Fazrul Nawaz Shaul Hameed during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Muhammad Zubir Bin Mohd Azmi (right) challenges Singapore's Fazrul Nawaz Shaul Hameed during their Suzuki Cup Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore Nov 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

A tense opening 45 minutes at the National Stadium saw both Singapore and Malaysia enter half-time with the score tied at 0-0 in their AFF Suzuki Cup Group B clash.

With a point enough to secure their qualification into the semi-finals against Vietnam, the Lions were understandably content to defend in numbers and allow the away side the majority of possession.

The visitors' best chance fell to striker Safee Sali, whose low drive from the right struck the post in the 42nd minute.

But the Tigers, despite being backed by some vocal support from their travelling supporters, lacked any form of cutting edge and failed to trouble the Singapore defence aside from that effort.