Malaysia denied SEA Games gold by own goal

Philippines condemned to worst SEA Games finish in 18 years after one-gold haul on Tuesday

Track cycling world champion Azizulhasni Awang claimed Malaysia's record-equaling 111th gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games on Monday, August 28 in another processional day for the hosts.

So it was down to Haziq to give them a helping hand, literally.

That goal proved to be the only goal of the match and one that Haziq would probably remember for the rest of his life, especially in a match of such magnitude. "We can not blame him, he's still young and still learning", Malaysia's Under-22 football coach Ong Kim Swee said.

"However, with policemen all over the venue, we managed to detain the boy".

The hattrick achieved by their football team lifts the sombre mood for Thailand, overall Games champions in 2015, but struggling this time in a distant second with 70 gold, ahead of Vietnam 58, Singapore 57, Indonesia 38, the Philippines 24, Myanmar seven, Cambodia three and Laos two.

The biennial SEA Games, now in their 29th edition, have a well-worn tradition of allowing the hosts to tailor the sporting programme to suit their strengths, meaning they often finish top.

It was a case of history repeating itself at Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday, as a goalkeeping error had also proven the difference when the Thais beat Malaysia by the same scoreline in the decider when Kuala Lumpur last hosted the tournament back in 2001.

In the pencak silat event, Malaysia won seven golds with Muhammad Faizul Nasir and Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari defending their titles in the men's Class B (50kg-55kg) and Class E (65kg-70kg).

That boast did not come true with Thailand beating Malaysia to the punch.

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