The Singapore nationwide soccer workforce maintained their excellent report within the AFF Mitsubishi Electrical Cup Group B match as they got here away with a 2-0 win, courtesy of a purpose every from Irfan Fandi and Shawal Anuar, in opposition to Laos in Vientiane on Tuesday night. That is Lion’s second win, having received their opening recreation 3-2 in opposition to Myanmar.
With two wins, Singapore is presently in third place behind Malaysia, which suffered a 3-0 loss to Vietnam on the identical day. Malaysia has performed three matches, profitable their first two video games, 1-0 and 5-0, in opposition to Myanmar and Laos, respectively.
Though Singapore is unbeaten, they might be cautious of their subsequent opponent Vietnam, who’s main Group B with six factors, scoring 9 objectives and haven’t conceded any purpose. Vietnam opened the marketing campaign with a 6-0 win over Laos.
“We’ve got to consider the gamers’ situation and that’s the reason we determined to make use of some recent gamers. I’m pleased that they carried out effectively and we now have to consider the following recreation. I don’t suppose it (the modifications) affected us; we had a great first half the place we had the ball and created probabilities quite a lot of the time, however in fact there may be nonetheless room to develop,” mentioned head coach Takayuki Nishigaya as talked about on Soccer Affiliation of Singapore’s web site.
Regardless of the three factors, it was not precisely an inspiring efficiency from the Lions, that made six modifications for the match, together with welcoming the return of goalkeeper Hassan Sunny and centre-back Irfan Fandi who have been each suspended for the earlier match on account of a crimson card they obtained from the final event. Tune Uiyong and Zulfahmi Arifin additionally made the beginning.
It was the Laotians that made their presence felt first within the match. Within the twelfth minute, captain Soukaphone Vongchiengkham tried a long-range shot from outdoors the penalty shot that took a depraved bounce off the bottom however happily for Singapore, Hassan did effectively to deal with it.
Singapore had an honest quantity of possession and tried to penetrate the hosts from each flanks, together with testing Laos custodian Keo-Oudone Souvannasangso from the space and set-pieces.
The guests lastly acquired their breakthrough within the thirty second minute. Zulfahmi floated the ball from a free-kick down the left, and Irfan rose highest to go dwelling his second worldwide purpose.
It was a nerve-wracking second half as head coach Michael Weiss despatched his aspect out with an attacking mindset. Simply after the break, Phithack Kongmathilath was denied by the bar, and Chony Wenpaserth shot destined for the underside left nook was saved by Hassan within the sixtieth minute.
Singapore may have doubled their lead earlier than that within the fiftieth minute after Faris Ramli cleverly dribbled previous Laos goalkeeper Keo, however his weak try was cleared off the road by defender Anantaza Siphongphan, and his follow-up shot was palmed away by Keo.
The guests’ perseverance lastly paid off in harm time. Keo did not preserve possession of the ball as Shawal snatched it and slotted it into the empty web to make sure three factors for the Lions.
Singapore will subsequent welcome Vietnam to the Jalan Besar Stadium on 30 Dec, whereas Laos will face Myanmar on the identical day. The ultimate Group B matches might be on 3 Jan, Vietnam might be up in opposition to Myanmar, and Singapore will journey to the Bukit Jalil Nationwide Stadium to tackle Malaysia.
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