The Lions edged Thailand 3-2 on aggregate after losing 1-0 in Bangkok to win the Suzuki Cup in a glorious farewell to coach Avramovic
Singapore have been crowned ASEAN champions for a historic fourth time, despite a 1-0 loss to Thailand at the Supachalasia stadium in Bangkok, in the second-leg final.
Singapore won 3-2 on aggregate after their first leg 3-1 victory on Wednesday.
After losing the first-leg at Jalan Besar, the Thais were under pressure to score.
They almost opened accounts in the 14th minute, with Jakkapan Pornsai’s header hitting the crossbar.
The hosts finally found the elusive goal in injury time of the first half, Kirati Keawsombut’s header from Datsakorn Thonglao’s corner hitting the back of the net.
After the break, Singapore continued their defensive tactics.
The Lions managed to hold on till the final whistle to be crowned champions, much to the delight of the 300-odd Singapore fans in the stadium.
It was also a fitting parting gift for Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic, who steps down after this tournament.
Aside from the trophy, the Lions earned a top prize of US$200,000.