Argentina slam six past hapless Singapore

Hariss Harun’s little dance past Argentina’s midfield, Nazrul Nazari’s nutmeg on Alejandro Gomez, as well as Zulfahmi Arifin and Safuwan Baharudin jersey swapping with Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria at half-time – these are some of the moments that the Singaporean footballers will cherish for a lifetime, playing against one of the world’s most decorated team.

The truth is, besides those memorable moments, the disparity in quality on the field between the two teams was apparent as Argentina romped past the Lions 6-0 at the National Stadium.

From the first whistle till the last, it seemed like it was a practise match as the La Albiceleste maintained possession and tormented the Lions with every calculated and well-thought out move. It was pure offence against defence.

Singapore barely had a sniff at goal. Whenever they were on a counter, it was always easily halted by the Argentine defence.

Singapore barely had a sniff at goal. Whenever they were on a counter, it was always easily halted by the Argentine defence.

Former Tottenham Hotspur Federico Fazio – one of two defenders in the Argentine set-up in an unorthodox 2-3-4-1 formation — opened the scoring in the 24th minute  with a close-range flick from a corner taken by Di Maria.

Five minutes later, Joaquin Correa of Sevilla made a timely run at the near post to turn in Dybala’s low cross from the right.

Singapore were on the backfoot the whole game

These two goals were both from set-pieces which V.Sundramoorthy’s men could have dealt with better but the next two goals were just pure moments of brilliance, coming from Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez and Roma’s Leondro Paredes.

Dancing past their Singaporean markers, both were allowed to take shots from distance to beat substitute goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud in the 60th and 74th minute respectively. 

The penultimate goal was smashed in by Lucas Alario mercilessly from the right thanks to a well-cushioned Dybala flick on.

Finally, the last goal oozed class and showed why Argentina are one of world’s best teams. Di Maria found himself with an open goal with Alario’s cross finding him. Instead of a simple tap-in, the PSG forward mischievously did a half-roulette and slotted in from close range.

Photo: Weixiang Lim/FFT