SEA Games: Singapore through to football semi-finals after 1-1 draw with Malaysia

Sahil Suhaimi (left) and Mohamad Fadhli Mohd Shas challenge for the ball. Singapore versus Malaysia football match of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec 15, 2013. Singapore drew 1-1 with Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Sahil Suhaimi (left) and Mohamad Fadhli Mohd Shas challenge for the ball. Singapore versus Malaysia football match of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec 15, 2013. Singapore drew 1-1 with Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Singapore are assured of a semi-final spot in the SEA Games football tournament, following a 1-1 draw with rivals Malaysia on Sunday evening.

Afiq Yunos opened the scoring after 61 minutes, firing home from close range after central-defensive partner Safuwan Baharudin's header had come back off the post.

But just as it looked like the Young Lions would seal top spot in Group A, substitute Rozaimi Abdul Rahman scored with a stoppage-time free kick to keep Malaysia in pole position to join them in the semi-finals at the expense of Vietnam.

The late goal also means that Aide Iskandar's side will have to wait on the result of Tuesday's clash between Malaysia-Vietnam to see if they progress as group winners or runners-up.