V. Sundramoorthy’s tactic almost worked to perfection, but the Lions could not last the distance and eventually lost 3-0 in extra time after holding Vietnam to a goalless draw after regulation time. FourFourTwo gives its verdict on the players’ individual performances
Hassan Sunny 7
The 32-year-old did well when called upon throughout the first 90 minutes. After not being called into action in the first half, the Army United goalkeeper saved Singapore on several occasions in the second half.
He produced a good stop to prevent Nguyen Van Quyet from opening the scoring in the 69th minute, but should have done better with Le Cong Vinh’s opener 30 seconds into extra time. There was nothing he could have done to stop the second and third goal from going in though, after being left far too exposed.
Nazrul Nazari 5
Hardly put a foot wrong in the first half but had a torrid second half. Most of Vietnam’s second-half onslaught came via his side, meaning that this will not rank among his best performance in the Singapore jersey.
Baihakki Khaizan 8
The JDT II defender was terrific throughout. He bailed his team out with a hacked clearance in the off the line after Le Cong Vinh lobbed it past Hassan in the 70th minute, and hardly put a foot wrong. He began to tire as the game went on however, and wasn’t helped by a midfield that struggled to recover as the game stretched on. Was replaced by Afiq Yunos in extra time.
Madhu Mohana 7
Much like Baihakki, Madhu did his job in regulation time, but couldn’t keep up with his pacy opponents in extra time. Still, the Warriors centre-back hardly put a foot wrong, and was a threat with his long throws.
Hafiz Sujad 6.5
The Tampines Rovers man offered dependability at the back and was a focal point when he pushed forward, although the end product was sorely lacking. Still a decent performance from the full-back though.
Hariss Harun 6.5
The Singapore vice-captain held down the fort in midfield admirably. He protected the back-four superbly, but there was only so much he could do on his own going forward. Had a late chance in extra time to get a consolation, but put it way over.
Izzdin Shafiq 6
Izzdin was quiet by his usual standards this season. Wasteful in possession, with a number of his passes finding a player in white instead. Certainly could have made a difference had his passes found their mark.
Azhar Sairudin 6
It was yet another quiet game from the Home United attacking midfielder. He was unable to assert his influence on the game, only because of the tactics Sundram deployed. Still, he showed a glimpse of what he’s capable of when he set up Gabriel Quak twice either side of the break.
Gabriel Quak 6.5
Certainly tried his best to make something happen. Had a great opportunity from a well-worked setpiece, but fired it over instead late in first half, while he was unlucky after his effort early in the second half was blocked. Full of running and always provided an outlet in attack, Quak worked his socks off until he was replaced by Shahril Ishak in the 73rd minute.
Faris Ramli 5.5
In a game where Singapore needed Faris to use his pace on the counter to devastating effect, the winger was conspicuously missing. Anonymous in the first half, he hardly got on the ball in the next half.
Faris did create a late chance for Hariss Harun, but it was too little, too late. A peculiar decision to leave him on for the entire game.
Safuwan Baharudin 6
Apart from winning headers in the attacking third, Safuwan hardly did anything.
He was not helped by being the furthest man forward where he found it harder to stamp his influence on the game.
Moved into midfield when Amri came on, Safuwan saw more of the ball but like his teammates, he was unable to make a difference. Had a great opportunity in the 74th minute when he got onto the end of Madhu’s long throw, only to see it blocked.