Bangladesh 1 Singapore 2: Lions record first win of the year

Singapore gained a morale-boosting first win of the year, defeating Bangladesh 2-1 in an international friendly on Saturday.

Fazrul Nawaz and Khairul Amri were both on the scoresheet to secure the win, after Bangladesh had taken an early lead through Md Nasir Uddin Chow.

Bangladesh drew first blood at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, as Md Nasir Uddin Chow headed home a fourth minute free kick to give the home side the lead.

Singapore refused to give up though, gradually finding their rythem and equalising just after the half hour through Fazrul.

The Warriors FC striker pounced on an errant ball in the Bangladesh penalty box, slotting home to level the scores.

Amri then broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, thundering home the winning goal from outside the box to hand the Lions the win.

“It was very important for us to achieve a win today for our preparations for our World Cup qualifiers,” Singapore head coach Bernd Stange said.

“There was an early goal (by Bangladesh) which meant we had to attack more and that's what we did.

“We used this game to test our players and know that we have a lot to work on before our World Cup qualifiers.”

Singapore will play one more friendly, at home against Brunei, on 6 June before they begin their World Cup qualifying campaign next month with two away matches – against Cambodia in Phnom Penh on 11 June, and against Japan in Saitama on 16 June.

Photo: Football Association of Singapore