Singapore vs Taiwan player ratings: Lions whimper at home
Hassan Sunny: 5
The Lions number one produced a world-class save in the 25th minute to deny Yaki Yen. When the Taiwanese defender took a shot from five yards out, Hassan flew out of nowhere to make a stupendous save.
Unfortunately for his moment of heroic, there was nothing much that he could do in regards to Xavier Chen’s equaliser.
When the ball rolled onto his path from a deflected free-kick, the Mechelen right-back thumped in the loose ball thunderously, leaving Hassan helpless.
But when it came to Taiwan’s winner at the hour mark, Hassan may very well wish to forget about that moment. He failed to clear a cross, leaving Chen Chao-An free to put away a free ball.
Madhu Mohana: 5
Was industrious up and down the right flank to help with both attack and defence but could not influence the game enough.
The defender, able to play both as a centre half and full back, was used as a right-back tonight with Irfan being preferred to partner Bennett.
Madhu was beaten easily by Chen Po-Liang as his cross found Chen Chao-An for the winner.
Irfan Fandi: 5.5
Partnering Bennett in the middle of the defence, Irfan’s most memorable moment in the game was when he sprinted to prevent a shot at goal in the 24th minute.
Could have done more in preventing the second Taiwanese goal but aside from that, given his tender age of just 19, he seemed to have coped under pressure.
Daniel Bennett: 5.5
Bennett may have wished for more support from his midfield tonight as they were completely overran and outplayed by the Taiwanese players.
The veteran centre-back’s best moment of the game was when he executed a perfectly-timed tackle on Chen Hao-wei when the Taiwanese was through on goal in the 15th minute.
Bennett’s crucial intervention may have prevented Hassan Sunny from being caught in a one-on-one situation but there was literally nothing that he could have been done for the scorching equaliser and Hassan’s error for the winner.
Shakir Hamzah: 5.5
Tried to help out Faris out on the left flank but it seemed too much of a task getting past the Taiwanese midfield and Taiwan right-back Xavier Chen.
Hariss Harun: 6
Rose the highest to meet Shahdan’s corner early on in the game.
Could have done more to influence the game as it was clearly evident that it was a frustrating night for the Lions.
Along with the quality of Yasir, Izzdin and Shahdan, the midfielder will be wondering why they were unable to impact the game more.
Shahdan Sulaiman: 5.5
Got all the swerve right to ping the perfect corner for Hariss. Although he might have helped in contributing for the opener, he couldn’t influence the game since then.
Was substituted late on the game for Nazrul Nazari.
Izzdin Shafiq: 5
Given that this is the midfielder’s return from a lengthy injury lay-off, it was perhaps understandable that the fans did not witness much of the trademark passes that Izzdin is capable of.
Along with his experienced midfielders, it was quite a mystery why they were unable to string passes together.
Yasir Hanapi: 5.5
The fans got to watch the trademark energetic and industrious runs of Yasir but given how his team’s midfield were overrun by Taiwan’s four men midfield, it didn’t seem necessary.
The Taiwanese midfield saw more of the possession and there was nothing much Yasir could do.
Faris Ramli: 4.5
Faris undoubtedly has had a purple patch of a season so far.
However on today’s occasion, he failed to inspire as much as V.Sundramoorthy would have liked.
Deployed on the left flank, he was kept silenced by Xavier Chen and his night came to an end in the 55th minute, being replaced by Hafiz Sujad.
Safuwan Baharudin: 5
Safuwan struck a frustrated figure tonight. It was perhaps due to the fact that he was playing as a lone striker and his midfield being unable to provide the right service for him tonight.
Was threatening on a few set piece occasions tonight but was far from getting on the score sheet.