In fact, the visiting side looked fairly comfortable on the plastic surface with much of the attacking play by them in the first half.
|One of Safuwan's (no 2) heroics - foiled Nashat Akram from advance|
Not the same thing can be said about the attacking upfront though for the Lions.
Some flashes of brilliance were shown with Qiu Li making some inroads from the left flank to unsettle the Iraqis backline in the first half.
|SAFFC's Fazrul Nawaz (no 10) replaced Qiu Li at start of second half|
At the end of the day, the visitors proved to the more impressive side and gifted themselves with two goals (by Ala'a Abdulzehra in the 49th minute and skipper Younus Mahmood in the 86th minute) to anchor Singapore at the foot of the group after their second successive defeats.
It was a much relieved Arthur Antunes Coimbra, otherwise widely known as Zico, who greeted the media after the match.
|Iraq's coach Zico addresses the media after the match.|
"In this game, we created many opportunities and I'm also glad that we played well on this surface when in the place my players did not know how to play on it.
"As this was our second game in seven days and I know my players wanted to win this match, while at the meantime, I felt Singapore lacked the concentration tonight as compared to what I saw them against China on video."opined the Flamengo legend who is also a cult figure in Kashima region in Japan for his association with local J-League club Kashima Antler.
Due to the touchline ban meted out on him, Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic did not make his presence at the post-match press conference and nor did he stop for a word with media as he headed straight to the team coach waited outside at the ground after the game.
|Aleksandar Duric speaks to the media at the "mixed zone"|
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