Shahfiq Ghani scored the equaliser but the hosts proved too strong for the Asean champions as they were completely outclassed in their international friendlySingapore were blown away by China in a 6-1 humbling on Friday night in Tianjin as the visitors were comprehensively outclassed.
Qu Bo’s men proved too much for the Lions to handle with their superior speed and movement, which left their opponents chasing shadows throughout.
Courts Young Lions youngster M. Anumanthan was handed a first start in the Singapore midfield by Bernd Stange, while Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan Sunny started in place of the injured Izwan Mahbud.
Stange also presented centreback Baihakki Khaizan with a jersey that had “100” emblazoned on the back before kickoff to mark the 29-year-old’s centurion appearance.
China dominated possession from the start and it was hardly a surprise when they took the lead after eight minutes.
Yu Dabao, who had earlier broken clean through only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle from Baihakki, was left unmarked in the area to hook in a first-time finish in mid-air past the exposed Hassan from Sun Ke’s square ball.
A second goal from Yu was then ruled out for offside before Shahfiq Ghani leveled against the run of play in the 17th minute.
Yang Hao’s hard back-pass was miscontrolled by captain Zheng Zhi in his own box and Shahfiq pounced, a quick shuffle of his feet bringing him away to poke a cool finish past goalkeeper Yang Zhi.
That was a mere blip for the Dragons, however, as they proceeded to put five more past Hassan without reply.
Yu restored their lead with a curler into the top corner after being granted too much space on the edge of the box in the 31st minute, following a quick one-two with Wu Lei.
It was 3-1 when Zhang Xizhe converted from the spot after Safuwan Baharudin brought down Wu in the box in the 42nd minute, although replays appeared to show the defender got the ball first.
Singapore could not make it to the break without conceding again, as a flowing move ended with Zhang playing a diagonal pass for Sun Ke to tap into a gaping net.
They briefly rallied in the second half with Khairul Amri’s tame 25-yard grounder and a wayward shot from substitute Qiu Li, but China continued to bisect their rearguard effortlessly.
Zheng Long made it five a few minutes after coming on, playing Zhang down the left before getting on to the end of the cut-back to slam the ball past Hassan at the near post in the 70th minute.
Hassan then denied Wu Xi with a fingertip save, but could do nothing to prevent a sixth in the 86th minute as Zheng broke the offside trap and planted a composed strike into the bottom corner.
That capped off a miserable night for Singapore, who were well outplayed and Stange will have plenty to ponder upon before his side take on Hong Kong next Tuesday.