Singapore fall to Afghanistan again

Singapore were dealt a 2-1 defeat by Afghanistan ahead of their Asian Cup Qualifiers opener against Bahrain on Thursday night. 

This was a second consecutive defeat Singapore has suffered at the hands of the Afghans, with a similar loss coming just a year ago in the World Cup qualifiers.

The game was a tight affair despite three goals being scored, with both sides failing to carve out clear-cut chances.

The game was a tight affair despite three goals being scored, with both sides failing to carve out clear-cut chances.

It took only five minutes for Afghanistan to open the scoring, with the Lions’ defence going to sleep and allowing Sharid Mukhammad to lash home from just outside the box.

The chances dried up thereafter and it was not till after the break that more goalmouth action was seen.

Barely after the restart, Shawal Anuar was able to pick his spot and his well-struck effort brought Singapore level on 46 minutes.

But the Lions were reminded of the threat they faced just four minutes later, with goalkeeper Hassan Sunny having to rush out to deny Omid Popalzay.

However, Singapore went behind against in the 57th minute, as Mustafa Azadzoy latched onto Kanischka Taher’s pass to beat Hassan and make it 2-1.

Singapore had chances to equalise thereafter but headed efforts by Khairul Nizam and Safuwan Baharudin went just wide.

Singapore head coach V.Sundramoorthy will have much to ponder over the next few days before his side lines up beside Bahrain.

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