Singapore vs Argentina Player Ratings: No great shock as Lions clawed apart

FourFourTwo gives the ratings on the performance of the Singapore players in their rather predictable 6-0 loss to world No.2 Argentina at the National Stadium on Tuesday night…

Hassan Sunny 7.5

Did all he could to keep the score down with numerous saves, including repelling an Angel Di Maria stinger from 30 yards out. He was left exposed for both goals conceded in the first half, before coming off injured in the 50th minute.

Faritz Hameed 6

Replaced Madhu Mohana at right-back and tried to play his usual attacking game, but rushed his decisions on far too many occasions and was at fault for Argentina’s fourth goal after some indecisive defending.

Irfan Fandi 7

The young defender acquitted himself well, with a couple of good defensive clearances, and was pretty composed in bringing the ball out of defence. Unfortunate that he had to come off injured 12 minutes into the second half.

Irfan continues to show he belongs at this level. File pic

Daniel Bennett 6

A tough game for the veteran defender as he had to face several younger and more agile opponents. Did fine early on and produced a great block to deny Di Maria’s goal-bound volley, but tired late on and was unable to prevent the onslaught.

Shakir Hamzah 7.5

One of the better performers in the Singapore team. He had to handle Di Maria down his flank in the first half, but the left-back did well to contain him and even played the ball off the Paris Saint Germain star for a goal kick on one occasion. Ran his socks off and had to be subbed off on 65 minutes for his exertions.

Zulfahmi Arifin 5.5

Given a rare start in the Singapore midfield, he was supposed to provide the creativity in the middle. He did play a good corner which Hariss almost converted early on, but misplaced far too many passes in crucial areas and also made a rather half-hearted attempt to block Dybala’s cross for the visitors’ second goal.

Hariss Harun 7

The Singapore vice-captain was his usual all-action self in the middle of the park, stamping his authority with a early challenge to deny Paulo Dybala from going through and kept the game flowing with a few neat passes to the flanks. Was unlucky not to score off a header from Zulfahmi’s corner on 18 minutes.

Hariss had a great early chance. File pic

Nazrul Nazari 6.5

Was his usual industrious self down the right flank and managed to nutmeg Alejandro Gomez in the first half which drew loud applause from the crowd, but he was unable to produce the final product.

Safuwan Baharudin 5.5

The in-form PDRM man who was deployed in the No.10 role. However apart from positioning his body to draw some smart fouls, he cut a peripheral figure throughout the 90 minutes.

Hafiz Sujad 6

Was a real livewire down the left flank early on with several good runs, but his influence waned in the second half and he was a pedestrian thereafter.

Khairul Nizam 6

Toiled hard as the lone man upfront and produced a few promising runs, but was ultimately marked out by the Argentina backline.

Substitutes

Izwan Mahbud 6

Did not do much wrong after replacing Hassan although he did concede four in 40-odd minutes. Was left helpless by Gomez’s grass-cutter 10 minutes after coming on and was left badly exposed for the other three goals.  

Fahrudin Mustafic 6

Did well initially after coming on for Irfan on 57 minutes and produced a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Lucas Alario from going through on goal, but he was unable to keep his concentration till the end.

Shahril Ishak 6

Replaced Nizam on 65 minutes and took the captaincy from Hariss, but was unable to influence the game much.

Safirul Sulaiman 6

Replaced the injured Shakir on 67 minutes and went missing on a couple of defensive situations.

Izzdin Shafiq N.A.

Replaced Zulfahmi on 84 minutes and did not see much of the ball.  

Faris Ramli N.A.

Came on for Faritz with four minutes to go and did not have time to make an impact. 

Photos: Weixiang Lim/FourFourTwo and FAS