Singapore end 2017 on a winless note after home defeat to Bahrain

Singapore end 2017 on a winless note after home defeat to Bahrain

Singapore's dismal loss marked a record 11 games without a win this year.

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Team Singapore's Shawal Anuar (with headgear) taking the first shot on goal of the game against Bahrain. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Despite a promising start to their game at the Singapore Sports Hub on Tuesday (Nov 14), Singapore lost 3-0 against Bahrain in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers.

Two goals by striker Mahdi Abdul Jabbar, as well as a strike by midfielder Jamal Rashed in the 81st minute sealed the win for the Bahrainis, who were much better in retaining ball possession and hitting on the counter-attack.

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The Lions before their match against Bahrain. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

The Lions started off the game with the same 3-4-3 formation which showed some promise in their previous home game against Turkmenistan two months ago.

Singapore, however, could not find a way past the visitors throughout the match, conceding the first goal by Bahrain's Mahdi, who was fastest to the ball in the penalty box after a spilled save by Lions keeper Hassan Sunny.

As for Bahrain’s second goal, it was due to a defensive mistake by Singapore which led to Jamal Rashed's goal-bound effort.

Striker Mahdi Abdul Jabbar then grabbed his second goal of the game in the 84th minute to seal the win for the visitors.

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Singaporean winger Faris Ramli (right). (Photo: Jeremy Long)

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Singapore's right wingback Faritz Hameed (#9) fluffing a golden opportunity to find the net. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

The defeat was Singapore’s third loss in five games, which puts them bottom of their qualifying group with just two points.

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Singapore's footballers react to a 0-3 loss to Bahrain in a 2019 Asian Cup qualifier at the Singapore Sports Hub in November 2017 (Photo: Jeremy Long)

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Defeat against Bahrain means that Singapore are now out of the 2019 Asian Cup as they are now bottom of their qualifying group. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

As for Bahrain, their win against Singapore places them in joint first-place of the four nation group, and through to the Asian Cup alongside fellow qualifiers Turkmenistan.

Source: CNA/fr