|Thousands of Malaysian fans thronging Bukit Jalil National Stadium to cheer the national team against Singapore during the second round of the World Cup qualifier yesterday. — NST picture by Yazit Razali|
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians united in support of Harimau Malaya against Singapore in a second-round World Cup qualifier last night.
|The national team can depend on fanatical support from the fans. — NST picture by Osman Adnan|
Cars were parked by the roadside and highways as far as 5km from Bukit Jalil National Stadium, bringing traffic to almost a standstill.
|About 100 motorcyclists came on old and new Vespas to Bukit Jalil National Stadium yesterday to cheer the national team. — NST picture by Nik Hariff Hassan|
At the stadium, the atmosphere was loud and festive, with the presence of more than 80,000 supporters who thronged the stadium from as early as 3pm.
|Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (second from right) watching the national team in action at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium last night. — NST picture by Mohd Yusni Ariffin|
Jalur Gemilang was seen everywhere. Spirited fans waved the small ones proudly while a sea of fans in yellow and blue jerseys held up the big ones. Cheers echoed and trumpets blared even before the game started at 8.45pm.
|Fans packed a food court in Ipoh to catch the big game on a large screen yesterday.|
The 3,000 Singapore fans in red were all but drowned out by the presence of the Malaysian fans, who stood shoulder to shoulder and cheered for glory.
|TEARS OF FRUSTRATION... Striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, who could not play in last night’s match because of injury, being consoled by his wife while watching the World Cup qualifier second leg between Malaysia and Singapore at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The match finished 1-1, ending Malaysia’s campaign. — NST picture by Osman Adnan|
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Singapore qualified for the next round on an aggregate win of 6-4. - NST