Singapore Player Ratings: Hafiz's red card hinders Lions
Hassan Sunny 8.5
Another game, another superb showing from Singapore’s top keeper at the moment. Started well by tipping over a swerving Stephan Schrock free-kick and kicked on from there. Nothing could get past the Army United man, including a seemingly goal-bound header from Hikaru Minegishi deep into injury time.
Faritz Hameed 6.5
Competent performance from the right-back, who had to curb his marauding instincts to contain Iain Ramsay down his flank. Was caught out on a couple of occasions but that was about it. Limped off midway through the second half.
Madhu Mohana 7.5
A surprise inclusion for Baihakki, Madhu justified coach Sundram’s decision with a sturdy and no-frills performance at the heart of defence. Put in a number of aggressive challenges to stop the speedy Philippines attackers. Just a pity his long throws was not working.
Daniel Bennett 8
This man just seems to defy age. Fears that his lack of pace may be vulnerable proved to be unfounded as he constantly got into the right positions to intercept the ball or clear the danger. There was simply no way through for Philippines striker Mike Ott…
Shakir Hamzah 7
Just like Faritz, Shakir kept his discipline down his flank and managed to keep Misagh Bahadoran quiet for the first 50-odd minutes before the latter was hauled off. Did his part by clearing any ball that came his way.
M. Anumanthan 7
Started in place of Izzdin to provide the defensive shield for the Lions and did just that with a combative performance. Complemented Hariss well in the middle of the park – the long-term midfield partnership perhaps?
Hariss Harun 7.5
The Lions needed Hariss to come up big in such a game and he duly did so with a barnstorming display. Was simply everywhere on the pitch, snuffing out the threats of Manuel Ott and Phil Younghusband before joining the attack. Dropped back into central defence in the dying stages to help preserve the point.
Juma’at Jantan 6
Started in an unfamiliar right-wing role and struggled to impose himself on the game as a result. Was oddly the designated set-piece taker, but his deliveries were often found wanting. Limped off after 64 minutes.
Safuwan Baharudin 6.5
Did not offer too much creativity in the final third, but did well to earn a few fouls and knock-ons throughout the game. Was forced to play on the left after Hafiz’s sending off and dropped back on a few occasions to help Shakir in defence.
Hafiz Sujad 5
Started the game in promising fashion with several good runs down the left channel, but was perhaps too eager to leave an impression. Left the referee with little choice other than to brandish the red card for a high and reckless challenge on P. Younghusband.
Khairul Amri 6.5
Worked his socks off upfront and rode a number of feisty challenges to create chances for the team, but just simply could not find the way to goal. Better luck next game, Amri…
Faris Ramli 6
Did well initially after replacing Juma’at at right midfield with a couple of good runs, but was forced to support the defence in the dying moments and barely went past the halfway mark.
Baihakki Khaizan 6.5
Provided good assurance after replacing Faritz for the final 12 minutes and managed to clear any danger that came his way.
Yasir Hanapi N.A.
Replaced Amri in the 94th minute and helped to run the clock down.
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