SINGAPORE: Just because the afternoon sunshine melted into offended storm clouds, Singapore’s hopes of a victory against Laos of their SEA Games opener quickly dissipating on Saturday (May 7).
In entrance of a partisan crowd at Vietnam’s Thien Truong Stadium, the Young Lions appeared out of it – till they weren’t.
Two late targets from two substitutes rescued some extent for Singapore in a 2-2 draw.
Goals from Ekkamai Ratxachak and Chony Wenpaserth had put Laos forward, earlier than strikes from substitutes Glenn Kweh and Jordan Emaviwe put them degree.
Singapore had confronted Laos of their opening group match at the final version of the Games and have been held to a goalless draw regardless of taking the sport to their opponents.
But three years on, it was Laos with the stranglehold on the sport.
They appeared the sharper of the 2 sides and Singapore skipper Zaiful Nizam needed to be fast off his line to chop off an onrushing attacker early on.
Minutes later, Zaiful was referred to as into motion as soon as once more as Chony performed in Phoutthavong Sangvilay, just for the Singapore goalkeeper to save lots of properly together with his ft.
The Laotians wouldn’t be outlined they usually took the lead within the 14th minute as Ekkamai sprinted by and hammered a shot previous Zaiful.
It took greater than 10 minutes for Singapore to style an opportunity of their very own as an in-swinging freekick by Zulfahmi Arifin was met by Ryaan Sanizal however his header went vast.
Largely starved of service within the first half, striker Zikos Chua’s move was collected neatly by Ryhan Stewart, however the resultant shot was blocked.
The Young Lions’ finest likelihood within the first 45 fell to Shah Shahiran, however his curling effort rebounded off the crossbar with the Laos goalkeeper overwhelmed.
The Laotians continued to regulate the sport within the second half as Ekkamai discovered himself with time and house however Zaiful tipped over.
And Chony acquired his aim within the forty ninth minute as his end despatched the group of about 20,000 into raptures.
Singapore got here near grabbing a comfort late on, however Khairin Nadim’s shot was pushed away after good work from substitute Glenn Kweh.
Kweh Singapore’s finest attacking outlet and he grabbed a aim below the floodlights within the 89th minute to cut back arrears.
Then in dramatic style, Emaviwe flicked residence a tidy end, sending the Laotians collapsing to the bottom in disbelief as Nazri Nasir leapt into the air in celebration.
Drawn in Group B with Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, the Young Lions haven’t made the semi-finals for the reason that 2013 version of the Games.
Singapore will subsequent face Thailand on May 9.
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Source : channelnewsasia.com