Singapore’s poor start led 2 – 0 loss to Indonesia in SEA Games



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We will have to see more on the Singaporean side ahead in the Sea Games against their upcoming opponents. Take a look at our latest Singapore football news on the interesting results of Indonesia against the Singapore faceoff journey to SEA Games. Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines – Following the disappointing loss at the venue in manila on November 28, 2019, Thursday, Young Lions FC coach Fandi Ahmad’s evaluation about the outcome of the match especially on their opponents was an honest opinion that everyone seen after the game is Indonesian squad are simply better. Coach Ahmad’s stated at a post-game press conference:

“Indonesia is better than us, that’s a fact. As a coach, I know sooner or later they might break us. Tactically, we were very sound in the 1st half till nearly the 70th minute. I think they broke us through individual brilliance, individual technical abilities. Hats off to Indonesia, I think they are one of the strongest teams in our group. For us, it will be a mountain to climb because we have to win the last few games, (but) we never give up.”

The loss resulted in Fandi’s Singaporean national team to join Laos and Brunei as the group of teams that are winless on this year’s SEA Games so far. After one of the team didn’t establish themselves within the 1st 10 minutes, it was the Singaporean side who had the 1st opportunity. Winger Faris Ramli grabbed on a careless pass, however, he just controlled to strike his effort high and wide. But Indonesia was cautious and surge down to the other end of the field, however, a courageous block from striker Irfan Fandi signifies the opportunity went to plead with. An additional chance failed again for Singapore’s way five minutes afterward as Faris was turned outside the box. However, the defender Lionel Tan’s curving goal-bound free-kick was secured out by Indonesia goalkeeper Arya Winata. The tough pressing match of the Singaporean team looked to perform well to their advantage as they secure the Indonesians at bay, getting a 0 – 0 scorecard into the break. Fand stated:

“(For the) first half, both sides didn’t have many chances, because we tried to hold off their wingback especially number 14, we’ve seen them play (and) who is very fast on the side. But in the second half… I thought they exploited on our left side because they have fast wingers and individually they are strong.”

The impulse of the match continued to be with the Singaporean team. It was then a close 1 – 0 following being played narrowly by midfielder Jacob Mahler, unfortunately, this shot was diverted wide. Conceivably, the best opportunity in the matchup occurs in the 53rd minute, and with Indonesia’s forward Egy Maulana crossing in from the left, overcoming a couple of defenders. However, his hard work was cleverly pushed away by their goalkeeper Zharfad Rohaizad. Luckily it was the Indonesian side who finally step forward within the 64th minute, as forward Osvaldo Ardilles Haay jumped on some indefinite defending to rifle ground. The flow of the game went from negative to worse 10 minutes afterward as the Indonesian team grab their 2nd with midfielder Asnawi Bahar hustling home to the happiness of the rowdy Indonesian fans in the stands.