Malaysia crafted a 2-0 win against Brunei in an inconsequential Group B game of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Monday night at the Bishan Stadium.
Ong Kim Swee's side had crashed out of the group stages when they lost their previous two group matches -- 1-0 against champions Thailand last Thursday and 5-1 against Vietnam two days earlier -- after having defeated Timor-Leste 1-0 in their opener on May 30.
After a goalless first period, midfielder Nurridzuan Abu Hassan's left-footed free kick in the 74th minute from way outside the penalty box bounced in front of the Brunei custodian and the ball nestled in the far corner.
Six minutes later, a cross from the right was spilled by the Brunei custodian and the ball fell kindly to defender Adam Nor Azlin, who made no mistake.
Following their win, Malaysia have six points from four matches and are third in the group behind runaway leaders Thailand and Vietnam, who have won all four of their matches and have qualified for the semifinals from the group.
Harimau Muda will have a further opportunity to redeem some lost pride when they take on Laos on in their last match on Thursday.