|Far too familiar sight for the past one year|
In this do-or-die battle against Bahrain at the National Stadium, a victory would have ensured the Lions of their faltering hopes to stay alive to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup tournament next year.
Unfortunately, things did not go the way Singapore wanted as they found themselves succumbed to their ninth defeat of the year in the hands of the Middle Easterns and the three-nil loss at home eventually kissed their continental dream goodbye.
This result also concluded the fact that the four-time Asean champions ended their calendar without a single win since their last triumph back in last November against Cambodia at the Bishan Stadium.
DOUBLE WHAMMY ...
Right from the start, attempts by both Geylang International's Shawal Anuar and Home United’s Irfan Fandi in a space of ten minutes gave the beleaguered host side a glimpse of hopes that they were ready to put the rot to a stop.
|Shawal Anuar (white boots) collapsed onto the ground|
The exploits by these both players seems to be instrumental in coach V Sundram moorthy’s game plan that everything turned chaos for the home side when they were forced to take early shower due to injuries occurred during the match.
|The moment when Irfan Fandi (20) had his ankle twisted|
“When Irfan was forced out of the game due to a twisted ankle, you can see the void he left behind which allowed the Bahrain number nine (Mahdi Abdul Jabbar) to score two goals.
"We did well to hold them for sixty minutes but disappointed with the conceding of those soft goals (after Irfan left the game)." he added.
CONFINEMENT IN OWN HALF ...
Compared to the flair and confident shown by the guests, the Lions were not able to match their opponents with same kind of performance, as it was the Bahrainis who dictated the momentum of the game by restricted the hapless Lions in their own half throughout the night.
|Mahdi Abdul Jabbar (9) headed home with this aerial attempt|
S.LEAGUE FOR STRIKER OPTION ...
When asked what could be done to address the weak striking power that has been plaguing the FIFA-ranked 173 side, the former national striker replied the remedy depends on how the domestic league is able to support that cause.
|Jamal Rashed (second from right) scored Bahrain's third goal of the night|