Singapore beat India 2-0, in an International Friendly at the Chao Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore on Tuesday. Khairul Amri and Fazrul Nawaz scored one each for the home side in the 43rd and 49th minute respectively.
In the 40th minute, Shi Jiayi injured himself while crossing the ball and Khairul Amri replaced him.Two minutes later, Khairul scored. A poor clearance by India goalkeeper Subrata Paul was headed on by Shahdan Sulaiman into the path of Khairul for a one-on-one situation. Amri made no mistake by slotting it into the bottom corner. The host again took the lead in the 49th minute, when Khairul’s cutback from the right found the late run of Fazrul Nawaz, who composed himself before chipping the ball over a defender’s head into the net to double the lead.
In a post match press conference, India’s head coach Wim Koevermanns said that Singapore were the better team.
“Singapore had a good game, credits to them,” said the former Dutch international.
“We came for a win tonight, and started the game well when we had a lot of possession. But then, somehow we started losing hold of the ball and allowed Singapore into the game. From then on, we were struggling with keeping possession. We then gave a goal away, which was not what we wanted,” added Koevermanns.
Singapore’s assistant coach, Aide Iskandar, speaking in place of head coach Radojko Avramovic, felt that the boys performed well tonight.
“I think the boys did well, although I felt it wasn’t the best first half we had. In the second half we did better. It was good to see Amri scoring and assisting, it’s a good evening for us and hopefully we will pick up from here in preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup.”