Friday , March 5 2021

Football: Philippines Tama Fandi Lions with late strike in Suzuki Cup tie

SINGAPORE: There was no lack of pig on the show because Fandi Ahmad's Singapore side matched Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines battles against Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, but a late goal from Patrick Reichelt was enough for the azals to score all three points in one 1-0 victory on Tuesday (13 November).

In a tight affair that saw the chance between the home team, 49 points before the Lion in the FIFA ranking, dominated possession in the early stages, but failed to create any meaningful chances.

The first clear opportunity for the game fell to Fandi side in the 15th minute. Good work from Faris Ramli on the right saw the nippy wings floating a ball over the finish area, but Ikhsan Fandi failed to connect.

The next step in the game saw the Lions win a free kick in a promising position just outside the penalty box, but the ikhsan low drive failed to bother Philippine guardian Neil Etheridge.

The half-time break seemed to drive the hosts when they returned with a new power. Hassan Sunny must be called action for the lion when he fired a 25-yard stinger from Manny Ott.

Singapore goalkeeper once again came to Lions's save in the 65th minute as he pushed a hard James Younghus band shot out for the back of the net.

The home team made a breakthrough 78 minutes into the match, as Patrick Reichelt slipped into the penalty area before he found himself out by Hassan Sunny.

The Lions had their best chance to steal a leveling several minutes later from a corner, but a sensational clearance from substitute Daisuke Sato denied Singapore skipper Hariss Harun.

The gain for the Philippines means that Group B is still open, with Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore on three points.

Singapore will play Timor-Leste home on November 21 and meet defending champion Thailand beyond November 25 in their remaining group B games.

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