Cambodia 0 Singapore 4: Shahril becomes Singapore's most-capped as Lions run riot

The Singapore legend earned his 124th cap as he captained Bernd Stange's men to a dominant 4-0 victory in Phnom Penh on Thursday. 

Singapore's World Cup qualifying Group E campaign got off to a fine start as the Lions plundered three first-half goals via Khairul Amri and Safuwan Baharudin - who scored twice - before Fazrul Nawaz added a clinical fourth.

Singapore looked confident right from the go after coming into the game on the back of consecutive friendly victories over Bangladesh and then Brunei.

Amri led the charge for World Cup 2018 by scoring the first goal of Singapore's qualifying campaign when he coolly slotted the ball past Cambodia goalkeeper Sou Yaty after being put through.

Singapore then got a scare as their star player Safuwan Baharudin got stretchered off the pitch in the 18th minute, but he came back on three minutes to score Singapore’s second.

Safuwan then put on a dominant showing, netting his first goal of the night with a thunderous effort from outside the box before completing his brace with a headed effort from Shaiful Esah in the 35th minute.

Singapore held a comfortable three-goal lead at that point but they were not intent on resting on their laurels, defender Madhu Mohana nearly making it 4-0 just before the break but only nodding a tame header straight at Yaty.

Fazrul was guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance after the interval but he made amends just minutes later to score Singapore’s fourth by picking up Hariss Harun's flick and slotting in from close range.

It should have been 5-0 on the hour mark after Amri found Fazrul with a great ball but Yaty pulled off a point-blank save from the Warriors FC striker’s header.

Shaiful, who was impressive with his set-piece deliveries all night, nearly got on the scoresheet in the 65th minute but his free-kick from the edge of the box cannoned off the bar.

With the job done, Singapore subsequently absorbed any Cambodian threat comfortably, taking the foot off the accelerator and minimising exertions as they prepare to face Asian giants Japan at Saitama Stadium next Tuesday.

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