Tampines open 2017 AFC Cup campaign with a win
Son Yong Chan opened the scoring for Tampines in the second half before Khairul Amri secured the win for the Stags. Fazrul Hazli managed to pull one back for Felda but it proved to be a mere consolation.
Tampines had dominated possession in the first half as Felda were contented to sit back and absorb the pressure.
But the Stags failed to conjure up any sort of threat, apart from a header by Mustafic Fahrudin which bounced just wide in the first minute.
The game was screaming out for a goal but chances continued to be at a premium after the break.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 63rd minute, after Son made a run into the box to head in Raspreet Sandhu’s cross from the left
The deadlock was finally broken in the 63rd minute, after Son made a run into the box to head in Raspreet Sandhu’s cross from the left.
Going behind forced Felda to be a little more offensive, thus giving Tampines more space up front and the Stags duly capitalise on this with a second goal in the 82nd minute.
Ryutaro Megumi made a darting run down the flanks before providing a low cross which beat Farizal Harun and substituteAmri was on hand to knock the ball past the goal-line.
Tampines were heading straight for victory but they were made to endure a nervy end to the game after Fazrul’s 25-yard shot sailed over Izwan and into goal to make it 2-1.
Felda had one last attempt to level matters at the death but Lucas Cano could only watch his desperate drive from outside the box go just wide of the post.
The Stags will top Group G on three points after Hanoi and Ceres-Negro drew 1-1 in the other group’s game.
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