Analysis

Singapore survive Phnom Penh scare to seal 2-1 victory over Cambodia

It was a tale of two halves as Singapore came away with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Cambodia at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.

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A first-half own goal from Ho Wai Loon gave the hosts the lead before 18-year-old Jacob Mahler and Ikhsan Fandi found the back of the net in the second period to ensure Fandi Ahmad’s unbeaten record remained intact.

Singapore could have got off to a flying start after two minutes when Zulfahmi Arifin’s corner kick found Safuwan Baharudin who headed wide.

Faris Ramli was next to get into the action three minutes later after robbing Saret Krya off the ball and gliding through on goal, only to be taken down outside the box.

The Angkor Warriors slowly found their groove and began to push forward. Their efforts were rewarded in the 17th minute when they took the lead.

Sath Rosib’s run down the left saw him send in a wicked cross that missed Chhin Chhoeun but caught Ho out as the ball cannoned off him and went past Hassan Sunny in goal.

The Lions’ cage was rattled and the Cambodians sensed blood as they pressed forward in numbers with a high-pressing style.