Singapore Player Ratings: Heartbreak for brave Lions

Singapore battled hard, but came up short against the defending champions. There were some impressive displays out there from the Lions…  

Hassan Sunny 7

Did not have that much to do in the first half, apart from a few comfortable catches and a fingertip save to deny Rungrat Phumichantuk’s goal-bound drive.

A bit busier in the second half, having to snuff out a few crosses into his area and showed good reflexes to deny Chanathip Songkrasin from close range.

Lost the gamble to challenge for the aerial ball, though, for the late Thailand winner.

Faritz Hameed 6.5

Ran ragged by the precocious Siroch Chatthong in the first half and was on a disciplinary tightrope after just 14 minutes for a nudge on the Thai winger.

Did really well to recover in the second half by getting tight on Rungrat – who shifted to the left – and prevented him from posing a threat.

Madhu Mohana 7.5

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Alert right from the get-go, as evident by heading clear two free-kicks in the first 10 minutes. Lucky to escape a yellow card for a rugby tackle on Siroch late in the first half.

Did equally well in the second half to clear the danger. The leap in the air to deny Teerasil Dangda from getting his head onto the ball was real class.

Daniel Bennett 8

Went on a stray run into midfield to track Teerasil in the initial stages, but did well otherwise.

His reading of the game was immaculate and bailed Faritz out on the couple of occasions when he was beaten by Siroch. Was almost unbeatable in all aerial situations, bar the late goal of course…

Shakir Hamzah 7

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Had to cope with the double threat of Rungrat and Tristan Do down his flank and struggled initially, conceding two free-kicks in dangerous areas.

Recovered really well in the second and bombed forward on several occasions to support the attack. Almost found the winner on 87 minutes.

M. Anumanthan 6.5

Did his defensive duties to break up play, but some of his passes out of defence was not accurate enough. Got to improve further to excel at this level.

Hariss Harun 7

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Imposed himself in the thick of things with a number of tough challenges and was a good screen in front of the back four. Shut down the threat of Thai playmaker Sarach Yooyen.

Faris Ramli 7

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Was a real weapon on the counter attack and was involved in most of the dangerous moves. Did well to track back to support Shakir in defensive situations too.

Safuwan Baharudin 7

Made good use of his aerial prowess to flick on a few long balls out of defence to set up his attackers.

Survived an injury scare just after the break to play until the 74th minute. Did well to drop back and help Hariss and Anu in the middle of the park.   

Juma’at Jantan 6.5

Was tireless down the right and help to shut down Rungrat. Had the best chance on the night to score, but was unlucky to see the shot deflected wide. Subbed off on 80 minutes for Yasir.

Khairul Amri 7

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Did everything he could except getting a goal. Got off to a promising start with a good snapshot from outside the area on two minutes that called Kawin Thamsatchanan into action.

Worked his socks off and was involved in a couple of foot-races with Thai centre-backs Tanaboon Kesarat and Korawit Nawiset, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

Was even twisting and turning in the dying stages, but should have done better than firing straight at Kawin.