|Atsushi Kawata headed home the lead|
"We just don't have the physical presence in the first half where we gave away the (first) goal cheaply," said the German coach.
"I am disappointed with the standard of play that after two days we played against (Brunei) DPMM when we had play with such high intensity, the desire was missing today." added Coach Steinebrunner.
|Tatsuro Inui (left) facing hurdles in the match|
Nonetheless, it didn't see the Japanese side, who were past winners in 2011, built up from that early start, until late in the game with two late goals from Kento Nagasaki and Fumiya Kogure, with chances hard to come by as well that saw the match best described as a tepid affair for any neutral watching the game which draw a blunt comment from Coach Steinebrunner.
|Geylang's Jozef Kaplan being sandwiched|
|Albirex's 'keeper Yosuke Nozawa claimed the ball|
Albirex's coach Tatsuyuki Okuyama did not to give a straight reply when prompted the question if they had the advantage for having more rest days before the match than their opponents, as suggested by his counterpart.
"Talking about the fixtures, it's the League who decided the fixtures which we just followed the fixtures" said the 39-year-old.
"Geylang is a good team and we are happy to play them in the semi-final where I think we also made some mistakes but we shown that we want to go the final and hope we can win the League Cup and hope the Japanese Women Football Team would win the World Cup tomorrow morning."