Singapore's long winless run continues after 2-0 loss to Syria

Singapore extended their winless run to six games after a 2-0 defeat to Syria in their penultimate international friendly ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup. 

The Lions’ last win came in a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in V.Sundramoorthy’s first game as interim head coach and Singapore have just one more match against Cambodia to get things right.

In Paroi, the Lions had a poor half as they struggled to even make progress into the final third of pitch.

Central midfielder M.Anumanthan was lucky to escape a booking after a rash late challenge on Mahmoud Al Mawas in the 12th minute while custodian Hassan Sunny was called into a spectacular save by Ahmad Aldoulni in the the 26th minute.

Singapore appeared more positive in the second half but could not make the most of the few attempts they created, the most glaring one coming in the 60th minute after Khairul Amri Akmal squared a ball that begged for a tap in.

Syria, who were perhaps wondering how they did not score in the first half, broke the deadlock after substitute Amro Jeniat tapped in Ahmad Al Saleh's cross after the latter ran circles around the Singaporean defence.

Khaled Almbayed applied the finishing touches to a free-kick in the 75th minute to double the score and seal a 2-0 win

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