FFT Players Rating: Singapore vs Myanmar
Hassan Sunny 7.5
Making his first start since the fateful Suzuki Cup loss to Malaysia in November 2014, Hassan was a solid presence in goal. Showed excellent handling all night and made a brilliant save to tip over Kyaw Ko Ko’s top corner-bound free-kick in first half. Could not be blamed for Myanmar’s goal.
Juma’at Jantan 7
The Home United captain acquitted himself decently enough on his first start for Singapore in over two years. The right-back was tireless all night down his flank, supporting the attack whenever he could. A pity injury ended his match early.
Zulfahmi Arifin 6
A largely uneventful outing from the Home United man, who deputised at centre-back alongside Afiq in an unfamiliar pairing. Could have done with more protection in front of him.
Afiq Yunos 8
Recalled to the national team after a year out with injury, the Tampines Rovers centre-back underlined his class with a calm and classy performance at the back. Marshalled his back-line well and showed good reading of the game with a vital last-ditch tackle to cut out a through ball in the first half. Let Kyaw Ko Ko in behind the defence on one occasion but recovered well to put the striker off.
Shakir Hamzah 6
The left-back looked a little off the pace and we hardly saw much of his trademark forward runs. Headed a half-opening wide on the stroke of half-time after climbing well to meet Zulfahmi Arifin’s corner.
Hariss Harun 7
Singapore’s midfield general was his usual imposing self in midfield as he tried to control proceedings, but really could have done with more support around him. Showed assured touches but far too often he had few options when he tried to get things going.
Safuwan Baharudin 6
Playing in a central midfield role, Safuwan looked well off best all night and hardly made an impact at both ends. Perhaps it said it all when he was taken off with half an hour still to go.
Sahil Suhaimi 4.5
It is fair to say that the Geylang International attacker did not have the best of games on the right, where he looked lost. Summed up his game when he found himself clear on the right a few minutes before half-time, but blasted into the side-netting with Khairul Nizam waiting for the cut-back. Not a surprise he was replaced after the break.
Shahril Ishak 6.5
The Singapore captain looked off the pace in his number ten role and struggled to influence the game. Did show good positioning and awareness to open the scoring with a calm finish past a couple of defenders.
Hafiz Sujad 6.5
A typically hardworking performance from the Tampines Rovers man but he did not get into the game in the first half, apart from an early chance he should have scored from. Another acrobatic volley was straight at the goalkeeper, though he improved after the break with a couple of good overlapping runs after a positional change to left-back.
Khairul Nizam 7
One of the Lions’ better performers despite largely being starved of service as he ploughed a lone furrow upfront. Hustled the Myanmar defence on the rare occasions he could and did superbly to win the ball and set up the opening goal.