FourFourTwo Player Ratings: Singapore 2 Guam 2
Izwan Mahbud 6
Given the nod ahead of first-choice goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, the LIonsXII custodian did little to justify that selection. While he came up with an early save to deny Shane Malcolm and rushed out a couple of times to clear the danger, he should have done better for Guam’s first goal. His hesitation in intercepting Malcom’s cross led to Shawn Nicklaw stealing in to poke home from close range.
Ismadi Mukhtar 6
This was a much improved performance from Ismadi after a nervy outing the last time out against Thailand. The Tampines Rovers full-back overlapped well on a number of occasions and provided an inch-perfect cross for Faris Ramli to head home the first equaliser nine minutes after the break.
A decent all-round display to keep out understudy Al-Qaasimy Rahman for now.
Baihakki Khaizan 5.5
As one of the most experienced Singapore players around, Baihakki’s return to the side should have shored things up at the back. However the Johor Darul Ta’zim II defender failed to exude confidence from the start, making a careless pass out of the back after just five minutes which Malcom just failed to capitalise on.
While he eventually saved the Lions’ blushes by poking home the second equaliser of the night with just 10 minutes to go, he still has a lot to do to prove that he is no waning force.
Zulfahmi Arifin 6
Zulfahmi’s conversion from central midfielder to centre-back continued in the game and just like against Thailand, he was found wanting on a few occasions. Guam’s first goal came after the LionsXII player got lured out of defence too easily by Nathaniel Lee's run up the right side.
Plenty of valuable lessons to pick up from this game once again.
Shakir Hamzah 5.5
It was not the best of outings for the Courts Young Lions captain, who was one of the three changes made by Bernd Stage for this game. Coming in for Shaiful Esah at left back, he failed to bomb forward as frequently as he would have loved to. Got into a number of good crossing positions on the flank, although his subsequent deliveries were wayward and failed to find the attackers.
Hariss Harun 6
One of the vital cogs in the Lions midfield these days, Hariss strangely put in a below-par display on Tuesday. While he was his usual bustling box-to-box self, he was uncharacteristically careless in possession and allowed Guam captain Cunliffe to nick the ball off him far too many times.
You'd certainly expect much more from the Johor Darul Ta’zim midfielder in future.
Safuwan Baharudin 7
In his first game back at the Jalan Besar Stadium since joining Melbourne City on loan, Safuwan was one of the more outstanding performers in a red shirt. Continuing in his central midfield role, he was the vital link between defence and attack – constantly spreading passes out wide and galloping forward at every opportunity.
The move to the A-League seems to have done his development a world of good.
Sahil Suhaimi 4.5
It has been an odd season for Sahil, who seems to play better when brought on as a substitute compared to playing from the get-go. This game was a further indication of that as he failed to make a significant impact.
There were a couple of glimpses of his talent when he nearly caught out Guam keeper Dallas Jaye with an ambitious lob from 30 yards and thumped over from range after getting past three defenders, but the LionsXII forward needs to learn how to be effective with the ball at this level.
The search for his first senior international goal continues after 12 appearances.
Shahril Ishak 6
Returning to the line-up after being rested against Thailand, Shahril completed 90 minutes but will feel disappointed not to have contributed more. The Singapore and Johor Darul Ta’zim II captain showed his usual neat touches and good link-up play with his fellow forwards initially, but fizzled out as the match went on.
Did well to assist Baihakki’s goal and could have ended the game on the perfect note when his superb curling 25-yard shot seemed to be heading for the bottom left corner before Jaye’s timely intervention.
Faris Ramli 7
Along with Safuwan, Faris was another one who stood out. The LionsXII winger put in an all-action 90 minutes, constantly running at opposition defenders and forcing openings for his attackers. His persistence was rewarded in the second half when he snuck into the box to head home Ismadi’s cross for his second international goal.
Could have nicked the winner off Shahfiq Ghani’s freekick if he was inches taller.
Khairul Amri 6
Another frustrating night for the LionsXII forward, who has struggled in front of goal all year. The 30-year-old tried his best to link up with his supporting cast but was largely kept quiet by big Guam centre-back Brandon McDonald. He was eventually hauled off 17 minutes before the end due to a groin problem and should have every reason to feel disappointed after this game.
Gabriel Quak 6.5
Starting off from the bench, Quak seemed to have a point to prove after being brought on for Sahil at half time. The effervescent winger either kept cutting in to look for opportunities to shoot, or teed up Ismadi for crosses into the box. At times, he lured two defenders to him, which freed up space for the other attackers.
Was also involved in the second equaliser when he laid the ball back for Shahril to cross for Baihakki, who applied the finishing touch. Another encouraging display for the LionsXII player.
Shahfiq Ghani 6
Just like in the last game, Shahfiq was thrown on in the last 15 minutes. Although it was just a cameo, the Courts Young Lions forward did well to find space in the final third, forcing Gaye to parry his fierce shot from the edge of the box while he curled a last-gasp freekick just over the bar.