MALAYSIA - In the final preliminary round, Myanmar defeating Singapore 2-0 at Temerloh Stadium, while Malaysia oozed class as they hammered Thailand 3-0 at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
Though both Myanmar and Thailand finished with four points, Myanmar sneaked through on goal difference, they will take on Malaysia in what will be an intriguing clash between two teams who have stood out in the 41st Pestabola Merdeka.
It also saw Myanmar, the 2006 Merdeka Tournament champions; qualify for their eighth final since the inception of the tournament 40 years ago.
On the thrilling 3-0 victory, "It was a good performance and it has given me a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s final. But it is a welcomed headache and I was impressed by the determination of the players fielded for the first time who wanted to prove they were worthy of a place in the starting XI," said Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee.
Malaysia 3-0 Thailand
Singapore 2-0 Myanmar
14th Sep (Sat), 17:30, 3rd place play-off: Singapore v Thailand, at Stadium Darul Makmur
14th Sep (Sat), 20:45, Final: Malaysia v Myanmar, at Stadium Darul Makmur