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  • May 10, 2013
  • • 20:15
  • • Stadium Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Referee: S. Singh

Dos Santos wins it for Wasps at the death in breathless encounter

Dos Santos wins it for Wasps at the death in breathless encounter


A five-goal thriller was edged by the hosts thanks to the Brazilian defender's late intervention, after the Protectors had fought back to equalize twice

Tales dos Santos was a man on a mission last night, as the Brazilian defender scored two goals and set up another to carry Brunei DPMM to their first win in five games as Home United were made to relive their 3-2 defeat the last time they visited the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

With DPMM seemingly in turmoil and missing the likes of Shahrazen Said, Azwan Ali Rahman, Joao Moreira and the departing trio of Dino Drpic, Ivan Bosnjak and Stephane Auvray, the odds were high for a Protectors win.
The home side started the game with the energy and intent that were so disappointingly lacking in their last few games and left nothing to chance, with Azwan Salleh setting the ball rolling when his shot from outside the box in the third minute of the game was deflected out for a corner.
The 25-year old then had the audacity to go straight for goal, but missed narrowly.
DPMM's early pressure paid off when an in-swinging corner from Rosmin Kamis was met by Dos Santos, who guided the ball into the bottom corner of Shahril Jantan's goal in the eighth minute.
The goal was their first at home in three games, and one could see how much it meant to the towering Brazilian centreback as he ran to the bench to celebrate with head coach Vjeran Simunic and company.
However, their joy was short-lived as Home went straight up the other end from the restart and equalised.
Masrezwan Masturi found space at the byline, before rifling a shot straight through Wardun Yussof at the near post and high into the roof of the net to rain on DPMM’s parade.

Wasps fans were not made to wait too long before their side got their noses in front once more though with a well-rehearsed set piece routine, courtesy of Shahrulrizal Abdul Rahman, who was making his first start for the home team since their game against Albirex Niigata.
The 36-year-old, a suspected fan of Stoke City, launched the ball into the box from a throw-in and found Dos Santos, who glanced the ball towards the back post where Adi Said was waiting impatiently to head the ball in from three yards out.

The Protectors should have gotten themselves back on level terms as Masato Fukui beat Wardun to the ball and laid it off for Jordan Webb. However, with the goal gaping, the Canadian was denied by Dos Santos’ giant frame.

A frantic second half saw the visitors hit the woodwork three times, first through Lee Kwan Woo, who rattled Wardun's cross bar with a 40-yard free-kick, before Hafiz Rahim and Firdaus Idros both struck the outside of the post.
Home's persistence finally paid off in the 87th minute when Lee slid a ball through to Webb, who prodded the ball past Wardun before sliding it into an empty net.

The home side were not done yet however, and as the old English proverb goes, ‘Cometh the man, cometh the hour' - cue Dos Santos.
Late substitute Awangku Fakharazzi's half-volley struck the inside of Shahril’s post, and the rebound set up perfectly for Dos Santos to side-foot home at the death.