Tampines Rovers Player Ratings: Stags outclassed by Persija at home
After a promising first 15 minutes, Tampines found themselves behind in the 23rd minute when Muhammad Rezaldi Hehanusa fired home a grounder after the Stags failed to clear their lines.
Persija’s joy was short-lived though, as Jordan Webb connected with Yasir Hanapi’s well-weighted corner at the far post to level matters for the Stags just four minutes later. Tampines gradually grew in confidence and had their moments, with Webb and Ryutaro Megumi coming close although they were both denied by Persija custodian Andritany Ardhiyasa.
Those misses would return to haunt the hosts as Persija regained the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Marko Simic tapping home from Riko Sumanjuntak cutback. Persija continued from where the left off after the restart, making it 3-1 through Norvi Setiawan in the 51st minute before substitute Addison Alves added a fourth on 72 minutes.
Tampines substitute Fazrul Nawaz would pull one back with 10 minutes remaining but it proved to be a mere consolation as the Singaporean side ended bottom of the group with just one point in six games. Persija on the other hand, march on to the next round as table-toppers.
HAIKAL HASNOL 4
Handed his first start of the season, the 22-year-old was a bag of nerves throughout. His kicking was suspect on a number of occasions and he could have done a lot better for the first and fourth goals where he was beaten at his near post. A night to forget for the young custodian.
SHAMEER AZIQ 6
Did get forward on a number of occasions in the first-half but did not do the same after the restart as his attacking threat was significantly reduced. Defensively, he was decent too.
FAHRUDIN MUSTAFIC 5
Was caught out for pace by the quicker Persija attackers and there were two goals in particular where Riko got the better of him. His night ended on 64 minutes when he was replaced by Fazrul Nawaz.
DANIEL BENNETT 6
The Singapore international was the calmer of the two central defenders and tried to play the ball out of defence but more often than not, his passes failed to find the intended target.
IRWAN SHAH 5.5
The utility man struggled all night against the pacy Riko down the right and was eventually replaced by Zulfadhmi Suzliman in the 78th minute.
IRFAN NAJEEB 6
Deployed in central midfield, the 19-year-old didn’t look out of place but was guilty of holding the ball for a tad too long. Was dropped back in defence after the substitution of Mustafic, before he was replaced by Afiq Yunos in the 78th minute.
AMIRUL ADLI 6.5
The combative midfielder was possibly tasked to all the dirty work for the Stags and it was something he did well. Amirul also attempted to bring the ball out from the central areas on a number of occasions and it was a commendable performance from him.