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LionsXII crowned champions of Malaysian Super League

2. Singapore’s LionsXII crowned Malaysian Super League champions

2 July: A Singaporean team won a Malaysian league for the first time in nearly twenty years, and in front of a full-house 8,000-strong crowd at Jalan Besar Stadium. Local pride reached fever pitch when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong presented the trophy to captain Shahril Ishak, raising hopes for a return to the Double-winning glory days of yesteryear. But it was not to be with the LionsXII crashing out at the quarter-final stage of the Malaysia Cup in October.

LionsXII crowned champions of Malaysian Super League

Singapore's LionsXII seized the 2013 Malaysian Super League (MSL) title in convincing fashion with a 4-0 demolition of Felda United at Jalan Besar Stadium.

After a testy, goalless opening 45 minutes, the home side roared to life in the second half, finding the net within two minutes courtesy of an own goal from Felda's Azrul Ahmad who touched in a free-kick from LionsXII skipper Shahril Ishak.

Ishak went on to stamp his influence all over the game, scoring the second ten minutes later and setting up one more for Fazrul Nawaz in the 60th minute.

With six minutes to go, substitute Shahfiq Ghani sealed the win -- and the championship -- with a clinical finish, sending the local crowd into raptures.

V. Sundramoorthy's boys then jubilantly hoisted the MSL trophy and have written themselves into the history books: They are the first Singaporean team to win a Malaysian league since 1994, and in only their second year since re-entry into the competition.