Singapore 1 Thailand 2: Lions' Player Ratings
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny 8
The S.League Player of the Year kept Singapore in the match with some brilliant goalkeeping. A second half save from a 25 yard Prakit Deeprom pile driver was the pick of his saves. Could do nothing about both goals that Thailand scored.
Right Back: Ismadi Mukhtar 6
Decent performance from the Tampines Rovers right back who was making his AFF Suzuki Cup debut. Did not get forward as much as he would have wanted with the Thai attackers proving to be a handful.
Centre Back: Baihakki Khaizan 4
A performance to forget for the veteran defender once again. Directly at fault for the opening goal as he lost sight of his man. He then got booked for a needless foul and Stange put him out of his misery by hauling him off at half time.
Centre Back: Safuwan Baharudin 6
Conceded the late penalty after he inexplicably handled the ball from a Charyl Chappuis cross. Otherwise, a decent enough performance from the LionsXII centre back.
Left Back: Shaiful Esah 7
Whipped in a sumptuous cross for the Singapore goal and got forward on numerous occasions on the left flank. The left back did not let much get past him either.
Right Midfield: Sahil Suhaimi 5
The weight of expectation was too much on the night for Sahil as he lost possession of the ball one too many times. Played out of position on the wing, he could not stamp his authority on the match at all.
Central Midfield: Hariss Harun 8
Singapore’s best player all night as he controlled the midfield superbly in the first half. Was moved into the centre back position at half time and went about his duties with no hassle. Solid.
Central Midfield: Shahdan Sulaiman 7.5
Another player who enjoyed a good outing. The Tampines Rovers midfielder was always looking for the ball and used possession well. Played a couple of marvellous balls for Khairul Amri and Shahril Ishak to latch onto.
Left Midfield: Faris Ramli 6.5
Guilty of missing some gilt-edged chances for Singapore and his failure to find an unmarked Khairul Amri when in acres of space proving to be costly on the night for the Lions. Nerves could have played a part on his Suzuki Cup debut, but much more expected next time round.
Attacking Midfield: Shahril Ishak [c] 7
The captain tried hard to lead his team from the front and conjured up numerous of chances for his teammates. Was well placed to have some shots but always unselfishly passed up the opportunities to his teammates. Could be more lethal in front of goal.
Striker: Khairul Amri 7.5
Took his goal brilliantly and worked hard all night. The LionsXII attacker also showed some brilliant touches and was unlucky to be on the losing side after an effective performance. A second half flick from his own first touch got the home fans on their feet.
Substitute: Zulfahmi Arifin 6
Came on to replace Baihakki and took Hariss’ place in midfield. Showed his usual mouth-watering range of long passes but failed to assert the same midfield presence Hariss showed in the first half.
Substitute: Shakir Hamzah 5
Failed to nullify the threat of Charyl Chappuis and gave the Thai midfielder plenty of joy down the wing. Could have done better to close down Chappuis when he crossed for the eventual penalty.
Substitute: Gabriel Quak n.a
Came on late in the second half and did not have much time to make an impact.
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