Thailand's shock water polo win over Singapore helped them to the overall medals title ©Getty Images

Thailand's women claimed a shock water polo victory over hosts Singapore on their way to successfully defending their overall medals crown at the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

The home nation expected to win gold in the water polo event but the Thais had other ideas, clinching a narrow 5-4 win to seal an unexpected title on another successful day for the nation.

They also managed to retain their football gold medal as their under-23 team proved too strong for surprise package Myanmar, cruising to a 3-0 win.

Myanmar, however, made it a frustrating match for Thailand at the National Stadium for large periods of the encounter and they managed to remain resolute to ensure the contest was goalless at half-time.

But once Thailand broke the deadlock, courtesy of defender Tanaboon Kesarat after 54 minutes, there was only one destination for the gold medal and further strikes from Chanathan Pombubpha and Pinyo Inpinit put the gloss on another victory.

In their final match before a FIFA ban begins, which was handed to them due to organisational issues in the country, Indonesia were hammered 5-0 by Vietnam in the bronze medal contest.

Mac Hong Quan's early penalty set the tone for what was a relatively trouble-free outing for the Vietnamese side and Vo Huy Toan was their star performer, bagging a personal double before the break.

Nguyen Huu Dung ensured they had the match sewn up with a fourth in first-half injury time and Que Ngoc Hai then completed the rout with 20 minutes to go.

Thailand also successfully defended their football gold medal as they beat Myanmar 3-0 in the final
Thailand successfully defended their Southeast Asian Games football title, beating Myanmar 3-0 in the final ©Getty Images

The result means the turbulent period for Indonesian football continues and coach Aji Santoso is desperate for a resolution to the issue sooner rather than later.

"I hope the case of Indonesian football will be cleared as soon as possible because it's very disappointing for the players,” he said.

“They don't even know what they'll do after this tournament.”

Elsewhere, there was some success for the Philippines as they maintained their near impeccable run in the basketball event with a 72-64 triumph over Singapore.

The victory gave the nation yet another basketball gold and they have now managed to top the podium in the competition every year bar one since the sport was introduced onto the Southeast Asian Games programme in 1977.

Singapore did manage one gold on the penultimate day of action and it came thanks to Marcus Hua and Vivian Rhamanan’s 11-3, 11-8 win against Indonesian pair Ade Furkon and Sandi Perdana in the men’s jumbo doubles squash.

Thailand's gold medal tally currently stands at 93.

That is 10 more than Singapore although it has still been a record Games for the hosts as they have comfortably surpassed the target of 50 set before the event began.

The Games conclude tomorrow with finals in men's water polo and volleyball and five in badminton. 

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