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Hougang shock leaders Tampines as Singapore Premier League returns


Singapore: Pacesetters Tampines Rovers were defeated 2-1 by Hougang as the Singapore Premier League (SPL) resumed on Saturday.

Balestier Khalsa also enjoyed a winning restart, edging Tanjong Pagar 1-0 as the SPL restarted after having been suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The result of the day, however, was Hougang defeating Tampines.

Hougang headed into the match having lost nine of their previous 10 encounters but a stunning first-half display ensured they claimed a shock 2-1 win against league leaders.

Sahil Suhaimi out Hougang ahead with a stunning free-kick from a tight angle that went in off the post to put the Cheetahs ahead.

Hougang doubled their lead just three minutes later through Farhan Zulkifli, who scrambled the loose ball home from close range.

Tampines gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Irwan Shah headed home Kyoga Nakamura's lofted ball into the area but a second goal proved elusive as Hougang took the three points.

Ensar Brunčević's goal proved to be the difference in the Tanjong Pagar-Balestier Khalsa tie, with the Serbian defender heading home the winner in the 60th minute.

The win took Balestier Khalsa into second spot on eight points, one behind Tampines.

Sunday's matches will see Young Lions hosting Abirex Niigata while Lion City Sailors play Geylang International.

To ensure the season is completed by the end of the year, teams will face each other only twice, down from the usual three round of fixtures.

The Singapore Cup has also been cancelled to help the league's completion.


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Photos: Singapore Premier League

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