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The football news in Singapore is here to provide the latest happening in the world of Singaporean football in which considering as the main and popular sport in the country. It was the Tampines Rovers’ flawless goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari form between the odds to finish all the difference for his team, as they beat Balestier Khalsa in a 1 – 0 scoreline to seal the 1st win of their start within the SPL or Singapore Premier League campaign at Tampines Stadium. The 27-year-old professional player Syazwan provided some critical saves, in which includes the stopping the penalty by the Tigers’ ace player striker Shuhei Hoshino, to secure their advantage in the field, and this was the courtesy of player forward Boris Kopitovic’s goal after only eight minutes. Shuhei, a former player of Albirex Niigata who won the 2018 Singapore Premier League, Golden Boot, following his 18 goals. He obtained the spot-kick within the 58th minute and strike the ball straightly towards the bottom-left corner. Unfortunately, goalkeeper Buhari dived in time to stop it and contain with his legs. But wait there’s more, because in just six minutes afterward, Shuhei was denied again by Syazwan. The Japanese ace player strikes a stinging shot following a back-heel assist from forward Hazzuwan Halim, however, the Stags’ guardian quickly nudges the ball exceeding the bar. Within the last minutes of the game, Khalsa uses an equalizer through their new defender Ensar Bruncevic whose 1.96-meter strature provided him an open header attack from the corner. Unfortunately, Buhari is determined to defend his custody and again he tipped the ball away. We do not expect that Rovers coach Gavin Lee admired Syazwan after the match and he stated:
“He did extremely well with saving the penalty but also overall, from the corners and shots on goal. Kudos to him, he played very well. Starting the season with a win is important for us. We knew Balestier isn’t an easy side and last year, we struggled with them. There were some tired legs from the game but I praise all my players for their effort and grit.”
Rovers gained an early advantage within the eight-minute when the youthful midfielder Joel Chew’s cross behind the defensive obstacle in which found Montenegrin forward Boris, who volleyed past Tigers’ skipper Zaiful Nizam to consider his 7th goal within eight matches. Khalsa coach Marko Kraljevic acknowledged that it was a “careless goal” to concede and he stated:
“We started slow. After we woke up and started playing, we made a lot of chances although the final touch was not there. But, I’m very proud of the boys. Even after the penalty miss, we came back.”
Coach Marko believes his team will put the same aggressive performance to the Bishan Stadium on the weekend when they host the Albirex Niigata, who initiated their term with a 4 – 0 domination of Geylang International two days ago. On the other hand, Rovers will be in training for their early clash with the defending champions Brunei DPMM in Bandar Seri Begawan before the weekend.