THE FOOTBALL delivered on the pitch during last night’s match between Singapore and Malaysia at the Jalan Besar Stadium was cracking.
Qiu Li’s injury-time goal capped a dramatic comeback for Singapore, who rallied from two goals down to draw with their arch-rivals 2-2.
The match was the first of a two-legged friendly dubbed the Causeway Challenge.
But it seemed the fiery nature of the fixture got to the heads of both sets of fans even before the kick-off.
During Singapore’s national anthem, played before the start of the game, the section of about 400 Malaysian fans draped their arms over each others’ shoulders and turned around to show their backs.
And outside the stadium, even before the game got underway, Singapore and Malaysia fans clashed in what one witness called a “street fight” outside the stadium.
A Singaporean was later arrested.