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We must do more, says Singapore's Hariss 

Singapore City: Captain Hariss Harun has called on his Singaporean teammates to build on their 2-1 win over Palestine in the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Singapore produced a wonderful team performance to defeat Palestine in their Group D qualifying tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, having opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Yemen on Matchday One.

A third minute goal by Shakir Hamzah gave Singapore the lead, only for Palestine's Yaser Hamed to cancel it out 10 minutes later. Safwan Baharudin, however, scored what proved to be the winner for Tatsuma Yoshida's side in the 38th minute.

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Hariss, in savouring the win which took Singapore to the top of the Group D standings on four points after two Matchdays, said it was important for the Southeast Asian side to remain grounded.

"We have to build on this performance, we will enjoy tonight but we have to keep improving," said the central midfielder who plays his club football for Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Hariss said victory against Palestine - on a high after having defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in their opening tie - was achieved as the Singapore players understood what had been expected of them

“The coaching staff were very clear about their concepts… and the boys thoroughly understood their individual and team roles."

Head coach Yoshida, in congratulating the Singapore players, also thanked the capacity crowd at the Jalan Besar Stadium who had willed Singapore to their first win over West Asian opponents since October 2013.

"First, thank you very much to the fans for the support. I am very happy. We got the three points because of the support," said the Japanese, who had called on the fans to be the 12th man for Singapore on the eve of the match.

"There was a real good mood in the stadium and it allowed us to get a good start. Congratulations to my boys."

"They played very well and they played much better than before. I am really very happy."

The win sets Singapore up nicely for their next assignment, against Asian giants Saudi Arabia away on October 10, which will then be followed by Uzbekistan at home five days later.

Photos: Football Association of Singapore

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