Coaches in awe of Izwan's save

Goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud pulled off a stunning one-handed save in Tampines Rovers’ 2-1 victory over Hougang United and it left a deep impression on both teams’ coaches. 

The Cheetahs were seemingly going to score in the 28th minute when Atsushi Shirota met Fumiya Kogure’s cross with a strong header, but with superhuman reflexes Izwan somehow managed to push the goalbound header away.

It not only prevented Hougang from taking the lead, but also allowed Tampines to launch a counter-attack and Khairul Amri was subsequently brought down at the other end for a penalty, which Ivan Dzoni converted.

Amri would go on to play a huge role in Tampines' win by securing the winning goal but both teams’ head coaches felt that Izwan’s save was fairly significant and agreed that it was the turning point in a game which seemed pretty evenly-matched then.

“We have one really lucky situation with Izwan … today it was important for that one save, if we were 1-0 down I’m not sure how we would have reacted,” said Tampines head coach Juergen Raab.

Hougang coach Philippe Aw agreed with Raab, although he felt his team should have done better and nicked a point.

“I am disappointed that we go home with zeropoints , we thought we could have secured a point,” Aw said.

“The turning point came at that moment (when Izwan made that save).”

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