Football fans at the National Stadium were in treat over the last weekend when they were given a chance to witness a number of former English Premier League stars in action alongside with Singapore footballing legends in the “Battle of Masters” tournament organized by Masters Football.
DURIC SCORED AGAINST HIS HEROES ...
Both Arsenal and Singapore Masters raised the curtain for the night by dishing out some entertaining football with the Gunners had two of their attempts denied by the woodwork in the first half.
|Aleks Duric (blue) scored on his new National Stadium debut|
Latched onto a pass threaded in by Luis Boa Morte, the 79-capped former “Les Bleus” winger made no mistake when he slotted the ball past Singapore's custodian Rezal Hassan to take the lead.
|Pires attended by Aide Iskandar (5) and Noh Alam Shah|
REZAL HEROICS DESPITE FLOODGATES ...
Despite conceded a goal in the curtain-raiser, Rezal was quick to regain his composure in Singapore's second match of the evening when they were up against a pacy Liverpool Masters side led by Finnish Jari Litmanen in attack.
|Rezal Hassan literally blocked everything thrown at him|
It proved to be something unjustifiable for the one-time Ajax Amasterdam star for not able to break deadlock when Litmanen had his penalty saved by the former SAFFC 'keeper who single-handedly kept the Reds at bay in the first period of play
It was, however, a different tale when the match resumed with the floodgates opened right from the restart.
|Jari Litmanen (right) in action|
RELIVE "CALTEX CUP" ...
That huge margin victory by the Reds set the tone perfectly when they took on a well-rested Arsenal side in a replay of the Caltex Cup match played in the old National Stadium back in 1991.
The Highbury legends drew the first blood in the fifth minute with Pirès scoring his second goal of the tournament by finished off a move orchestrated by Omer Riza who deceived both James and Steve Harkness before fed the ball to the Frenchman to tuck into the the far corner.
|Some close attention on Robbie Fowler (right)|
Unfortunately, the perfect setting was spoiled by crowd favourite Pirès who scored his third goal of the night to ensure the Arsenal Masters did not end the night on a losing note.
Nonetheless, Liverpool Masters still walked away as the winners of the “Battle of Masters” Tournament on a better overall record.
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