Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Singapore gets ready

Singapore defeated Chinese Taipei 3-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday, just days before they march back onto the very same pitch for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round 2 qualifiers against Malaysia.

The game got off to a slow start and steadily picked up pace with both teams looking to break the deadlock. Singapore forged ahead through Aleksandar Duric’s 17th minute goal.

Despite Chinese Taipei’s efforts to get the game back on level terms they were unable to break down the Singapore defensive wall. The first half ended 1-0 to the hosts.

The visitors scored quickly after the restart when Lo Chih An struck but the parity was shortlived as Duric fired home his second of the evening in the 54th minute.

Both sides pushed ahead for the next goal and substitute Hiang Shih Lu put his team back into contention in the 62nd minute. A tactical switch by Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic proved effective as the Lions wrestled back the lead with substitute forward Fazrul Nawaz breaking away from his defenders to slot the ball home for Singapore’s third and final goal of the match.

“There are some points we need to improve on and also some positive points to take note of. We created a lot of chances, passing most of the time,” said Avramovic.

“I am however happy with the performance of the team and this game allowed the players to learn from their mistakes as it is better to make mistakes now than in the match against Malaysia.”

Singapore captain Shahril Ishak said: “We kept passing the ball and had more possession. We did make mistakes today and we will learn from it and make changes to our game."

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