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Heartbreak for host nation Malaysia as Thais snatch football gold

Heartbreak for host nation Malaysia as Thais snatch football gold

Malaysia who started as the favourite with home ground advantage since the match was played at the Shah Alam Stadium and backed by a capacity crowd of nearly 80,000, were in disarray right from the start and culminated into the fatal error by Muhammad Haziq Nadzli who while trying to clear a corner, punched the ball into his own net. A chant of "Singapore dogs" in the match against their neighbours was also condemned by SEA Games organisers.

Thailand, who also missed some clear chances of their own, held on to win their 11th football gold medal in 13 editions.

The Malaysian team last won the gold medal in the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games, while Thailand are the defending champions.

World champion Mohd Azizulhasni Awang claimed the sacred number in Nilai last night after defeating his Malaysian counterpart Muhamad Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the Men's Individual Sprint final last night.

The own goal put more pressure on the host in the eyes of about 80,000 cheering compatriots in the stadium where seats for Thai fans were limited at 5,000.

Malaysia won 3 golds in track cycling, while in the diving pool Olympic silver medallist Pandelela Rinong showed her class with victory in the 10m platform event.

The Hanifah siblings accounted for three golds today.

Aaliyah, whose younger siblings Aiden and Adam are appearing in the Games, was the clear victor in the tricks, amassing 5,880 points.

"I'm so happy with the win". Mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Lai Jemie took silver after losing to Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattananchai 15-22, 20-22.

The four remaining golds came from Anja Chong in the women's ice skating 500m short track speed race, men's polo team which beat Thailand 9-8 in the final, national men's hockey team defending their title ousting Myanmar 14-0 and sepak takraw bagging the round robin, Bernama reported.


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