Myanmar 2 Singapore 4: Lions' Player Ratings
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny 6
Not the best of outings for Hassan this time round as he would have felt that he could have done better. Came out rather hastily for the first strike when staying between his posts would have been the more sensible choice.
Right Back: Ismadi Mukhtar 6
An average match for Ismadi as he did his best to contain Myanmar’s pacy attacking outlet, Lin Kyaw. His hesitancy in getting forward when in possession shows his uncertainty at his current position. Subbed off with an injury in the first half.
Centre Back: Baihakki Khaizan 7
You could have forgiven the crowd for the feeling of déjà vu, the veteran defender got himself booked needlessly in the opening exchanges for the second match in a row.But to his credit, Baihakki turned in a good performance with crucial interceptions during the match.
Centre Back: Safuwan Baharudin 6
For the second match in a row, Safuwan conceded a penalty when there was no apparent need to. This time, he upended Kyaw Ko Ko in the area when the Myanmar forward was through on goal. Not the type of performance we have come to expect from the lanky defender.
Left Back: Shaiful Esah 8
Simply sensational. His sweet left peg was once again pivotal to the Lions as two sumptuous free kicks left Myanmar reeling. Defensively, Shaiful was solid as well as he kept Kyaw Win on a leash for the majority of the match.
Right Midfield: Sahil Suhaimi 5
Prior to the tournament, much was expected from Sahil but yet again he failed to deliver. By far the most ineffective player on the pitch while played out of position.
Central Midfield: Hariss Harun 9
A class above the rest. Hariss Harun’s brace was indication once again of the midfielder’s supreme talents as he bossed the midfield. His first strike for Singapore’s second goal was one to behold. Yan Kyaw and Win Aung’s tenacity in midfield for Myanmar were no match for Hariss’ calm and composed approach.
Central Midfield: Shahdan Sulaiman 6
Showed great composure in midfield and tracked back well to cope with the early onslaught from Myanmar. Suffered a freak injury early in the first half and was stretchered off.
Left Midfield: Faris Ramli 6
The bright spot in an otherwise dark season for the LionsXII, Faris Ramli looks a shadow of himself after another disappointing showing. Did well to pick out Hariss for Singapore’s second goal but failed to dominate his flank as David Htan continued to frustrate him.
Attacking Midfield: Shahril Ishak [c] 6
Did well to lead the team as a captain should but did not quite stamp his authority on the pitch as misplaced passes and some indecisiveness in the final third made for a bad night for Shahril.
Striker: Khairul Amri 7
Once again, Amri worked his socks off up front for Singapore and even tracked back when needed to foil Myanmar. Ran the channels as well to force the Myanmar centre back out wide. One must really wonder what Amri has for breakfast.
Substitute: Zulfahmi Arifin 6
Was brought on in rather unfortunate circumstances, to fill in for Shahdan Sulaiman. Zulfahmi failed to get going as he struggled to cope with the intensity of the Myanmar midfield. Gave away possession in the lead up to Myanmar’s first goal.
Substitute: Al Qaasimy Rahman 7
A stellar shift from the Courts Young Lions right back after he came on to replace the injured Ismadi Mukhtar. Not only did he perform his defensive duties admirably, Al-Qaasimy surged forward at every opportunity, giving the Lions an extra dimension down the right flank.
Substitute: Fazrul Nawaz 6
Came on late in the second half for Sahil Suhaimi and put in a typical shift, hassling and harrying defenders when not on the ball. His effort was certainly appreciated by the crowd when a roar of approval greeted his lungbusting run to track back and win the ball off his opponent in Singapore’s half.
All Photos: Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal