Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Singapore: Singapore continued their unbeaten streak with two goals in the second half half to secure a 2-0 win over Mongolia at the Bishan Stadium on Friday.
Singapore had a scare in the first 30 seconds of the match when Izzdin Shafiq’s back pass was intercepted by Mongolia’s Janseric Maratkhan, but despite drawing goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud out of position, his shot to the bottom right corner narrowly missed the target.
The Lions, however, controlled possession and came close several times but custodian Enkhtaivan Munkh-Erdene was on top of his game to keep the game goalless going into the break.
Mongolia, who are preparing for the second round of the 2019 EAFF E-1 Championship Qualifiers, returned in the second half more determined and were impressive with their runs but hardly broke through the Singaporean defence.
Singapore were rewarded for their persistence in the 71st minute and it began when Shafiq sent a free-kick into the box, which was then headed back by Safuwan Baharudin to force Munkh-Erdene to jump high for a partial clearance but skipper Hariss Harun tapped the loose ball in to break the deadlock.
In the 82nd minute, a Singapore counter-attack saw Shakir Hamzah surging down the middle and before Mongolia’s defenders had time to react, he neatly set up Gabriel Quak, who found the back of the net with a long-range strike from the top corner of the box.
Next up, Singapore will face Cambodia, while Mongolia travel to Vientiane to play Laos on Tuesday.