Chappuis: Singapore were good in the first half

Thailand's match winner Charyl Chappuis felt that Singapore outplayed Thailand in the first half of their AFF Suzuki Cup encounter despite a 2-1 win for his side.

The game had looked like it was headed for a draw until Chappuis converted a penalty after Safuwan Baharudin handled the ball from his cross.

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That proved to be the only difference between both sides as Thailand surged to the top Group B, while Singapore dropped into the bottom of the table.

Yet, Chappuis maintained that it was a hard fought win and singled out Khairul Amri as Singapore’s most dangerous threat.

“From the way I see it, in the first half Singapore were better,” Chappuis explained.

“We had problems dealing with Singapore’s striker (Amri). He held the ball up amazingly and he was everywhere – left, right and centre. We really struggled to contain him.

“But in the second half, we tried and we fought back after making changes (Chanathip Songkrasin and Adisak Kraisorn’s introduction).

“It helped that we knew each other from the SEA games and Asian games.”

The former U17 World Cup winner with Switzerland also thought that Singapore was a tad predictable with their counter-attacking game plan.

“They defended very deep, and tried to attack on the break,” Chappuis said.

“But we knew how Singapore would play and we could adapt eventually.”

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