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Singapore U23 Player Ratings: Young Lions outclassed by Indonesian counterparts

The Singapore U23 side succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their Indonesia counterparts in an international friendly at the National Stadium on Wednesday evening, as the away side cemented their status as a team to be reckoned with in the region during the years to come.

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The Young Lions had kept their shape to frustrate their opponents for most of the first half, only to concede two minutes before the break through Febri Haryadi’s long-range stunner after his shot was not properly charged down.

The away side continued from where they left off and would add to their tally, with Muhammad Hargianto and substitute Septain David Maulana getting on the scoresheet in the 51st and 66th minutes respectively, as the Indonesians proved good value for the win.

ZHARFAN ROHAIZAD 6

Kept busy early in the game, he made two important saves to keep the scores level.

There was however nothing Zharfan could do for the opening goal, as the shot was well-placed into the top corner. He perhaps could have done better for the second as the ball crept inside his near post.

SHAHRIN SABERIN 5.5

Shahrin nearly gifted his opponents an early lead in the 25th minute but was spared the blushes by Zharfan who kept out Ezra Walian’s low shot with his outstretched foot.

Shahrin made a few timely blocks later in the game as he began to find his feet.

ILLYAS LEE 6

The central figure of a back three put out by the Young Lions, Lee led by example but could have done better on several occasions.

He nearly levelled matters for the hosts on the stroke of half-time but saw his header off Hami Syahin’s freekick fly over.

He was however drawn out of position for the third goal as the ball was put across for Septain to complete the scoring for the visitors.

FAIZAL ROSLAN 6.5

It was a solid display from the Home United centre-back as he stood firm and made a few uncompromising challenges to prevent the Indonesian attackers from getting past him.

ZULQARNAEN SUZLIMAN 5.5

The right wing-back on the night, Zulqarnaen started the game well and even managed to put in a dangerous cross early on, but faded and didn’t manage to get forward as much as he wanted to.

HAMI SYAHIN 6

Displayed good vision and tried to get things going for the hosts throughout but was unable to make anything happen. Did test Awan Setho Raharjo in the 42nd minute but his low shot was comfortable for the Indonesian custodian.

JUSTIN HUI 5

Was replaced by Adam Swandi shortly after the half-hour mark and failed to impose himself much during his short time on the pitch. Apart from a stray pass, Hui did a decent job in tracking the Indonesia central midfielders but was a tad too slow to get onto the end of Hami’s lofted pass in the 29th minute.

UMAR RAMLE 5.5

The pint-sized midfielder struggled to impose himself in the game and often lost out on the second balls in the middle of the park. It was not the best outing for Umar as he was eventually replaced by Rusyaidi Salime shortly into the second-half.