Singapore U23 1 Azul Claro Numazu 2: Young Lions lose to Japanese semi-pros
Fielding an experimental starting eleven, their lack of cohesiveness was immediately exploited by Azul Claro as the hosts raced to a two-goal lead within the first 10 minutes.
The Young Lions replied four minutes before half-time when Irfan Fandi headed in a Ho Wai Loon cross to reduce the deficit.
Aide Iskandar rang in several changes as all members of the 25-man training squad, except the injured Pravin Gunasegaran, were given run outs against the Japanese semi-professionals.
The Young Lions will play the second and last friendly match in Japan when they take on Shizuoka Sangyo University on Saturday.
Singapore U23 Starting XI: Rudy Khairullah, Ho Wai Loon, Fadli Kamis, Sheikh Abdul Hadi, Taufiq Muqminin, Shamil Shariff, Christopher van Huizen, Suria Prakash, Iqbal Hussain, Amy Recha, Irfan Fandi
Photo: Shawn Lim/Football Association of Singapore