Salleh relieved after victory over Singapore

Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh admitted his relief after Harimau Malaya advanced to semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup with a 3-1 victory over Singapore.

Salleh's side needed two injury-time goals to advance to the last four of the tournament in what was just the second win of his tenure since taking over from interim boss Ong Kim Swee earlier this year.

In next month's semi-finals, Singapore will face Vietnam after Toshiya Miura's side beat the Philippines by the same score on Friday.

"Thank God in the last minute, we managed to get the penalty," Salleh said after the match.

"But overall I'm happy with the players because they gave everything until the very end and we got the goals.

"Right now, I don't want to think about Vietnam. I just want to celebrate today."

For Singapore coach Bernd Stange the defeat was a difficult one to comprehend, after his side had grabbed an equalizer in the 82nd minute only to concede two goals in injury time

"I've learnt in my time as a coach that it is the referee who gives a penalty and I cannot judge it until I see the replay," Stange admitted.

"From my view, it didn't look like a penalty and I have to see the replay and I judge the referee. But it's a heartbreaker to lose to such a decision.

"I have only to praise the team for their attitude and commitment. I'm not too disappointed with the performance, but with the result tonight and we are feeling empty right now."

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