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Asian Cup Qualification
March 5, 2014
• Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex, Masqaṭ (Muscat)
Referee: Hyung-Jin Ko
• Attendance: 6700
Emad Al Hosani 19'
Qasim Said 51'
Sami Al Hasani 69'
S. Ishak 78'
Shots on Target
For now, I bid you goodbye. This has been Teng Kiat and it's been a pleasure. Hit me up on Twitter at @tengkiat and don't forget to like the Goal Singapore Facebook page while you are at it as well. Adios!
It's back to the drawing board for Stange and his men for now, as they try to move towards breaking out of the Southeast Asian tier and into Asia's elite.
Hassan Sunny had a bit of a blinder in goal though, with THAT save in the first half to deny Al-Hosni from point-blank range particularly stupendous.
The performance in the second half was marginally better from Singapore and Shahril took his goal very well, which does at least indicate that there is an outlet in attack for Stange, but that he has not found the tactics to get the best out of it.
Well, that was another lesson for the Lions as they continue to find their way at international level against top-class opposition. In truth, the scoreline could have been far wider had Oman been more clinical.
90' + 4'
Four minutes of added time come to an end as the referee calls time on a comfortable Oman victory!
90' + 2'
Al-Busaidi lets fly from 30 yards and the ball swerves wide.
Al-Hasani gets his head to a corner but his attempt is weak and easily held by Hassan.
That is actually the first goal that Oman have conceded in six games in these qualifiers, so that will be a consolation for Singapore.
Ali Al Jabri
Final substitution of the game from Oman.
The goalscorer and captain is taken off for the winger.
Assist Zulfahmi Arifin
Goal Shahril Ishak
GOAL! Singapore have got a goal back! Zulfahmi plays a lovely ball through for Shahril, who finishes coolly by slotting the ball in between Al-Habsi's legs!
POST! Al-Hosni strikes the woodwork again as a 30-yarder crashes against the post and goes behind!
Yellow Card Afiq Yunos
The centre-back cops the first booking of the game.
Assist Qasim Said
Goal Sami Al Hasani
GOAL! The substitute, Al-Hasani, starts the move by flicking a lovely ball to Said on the left before running into the box to knock home the return ball. 3-0!
Ismail is next to win a header as he goes up for a deep free-kick from Zulfahmi, but he nods it wide of the far post.
Shahfiq does well to win an aerial duel as he nods a cross over the bar. Good attempt.
Fahad Al Jalabubi
Sami Al Hasani
Fahad Rashaid has gone down after putting in that cross.
Afiq sticks out a leg to deflect a cross away. Oman are still pressing hard for a third.
The winger has been rather anonymous and is replaced by Ismail. That should see Juma'at moving into midfield, with the substitute going to right-back and Faris moving across to the left.
GOAL! Hassan is caught flat-footed after Qasim Said collects Raed's cutback, checks back inside Zulfahmi before firing a low shot that is deflected past the goalkeeper by Afiq's trailing leg!
Assist Raed Ibrahim Saleh
Goal Qasim Said
Faris appears to be brought down just outside the box but the referee is not impressed. However, replays show that it should have been a foul.
Zulfahmi loses the ball in midfield and Oman break down the left through Fahad Rashaid, but Safuwan does well to clear the low cross for a corner.
Less than a minute in and Al-Hosni plays in Raed Saleh behind Shakir, but the cross is poor and straight at Hassan.
Singapore are dropping too deep in midfield, yet holding a line that is too high. That makes it dfficult to get going on the break. I won't be surprised if there are changes made at the break by Bernd Stange.
The Lions are nowhere near the Oman players. Clearly, they are not yet ready to play at the top-class Asian level yet. Only things going for them are the determination and the scoreline.
Oman will wonder how they are only taking a one-goal lead into the dressing room. They have been utterly dominant apart from the opening five minutes and Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny is all that has stood between them and a bigger scoreline.
45' + 1'
SAVE!! What a block from Hassan! A cross falls to Al-Hosni right in front of goal and that should be 2-0, but Hassan makes a stunning save!
SAVE! Hassan comes to Singapore's rescue with another good save, this time denying Qasim Said's fierce angled shot from the left!
OFF THE BAR! Raed Saleh's cross is pushed out by Hassan, but it falls to Al-Hosni six yards out. The shot is terrifically blocked by Juma'at, but the striker follows up the loose ball with a supebr overhead kick that cracks off the bar!
Shahfiq chases a long ball by he's easily outmuscled by Mohammed Al-Balushi.
Faris Ramli does brilliantly to retrieve the ball down the right before cutting in, but the attempted loft over the top of the defence to Hafiz on the left is just overhit. The winger has looked lively whenever he's had the ball.
Singapore are struggling to keep the ball and string three consecutive passes.
Raed earns a corner after Shakir makes a good tackle to block the cross. Good defending.
OFF THE POST! At the other end, Al-Farsi breaks the offside trap and goes one-on-one with Hassan, but his low shot comes back off the woodwork!
CHANCE! Shahfiq advances down the middle and slides Faris through down the right, but the latter's cross is too close to the goalkeeper. Good play.
Moments later, Hafiz Sujad appears to be bundled over in the area, but the referee is unmoved yet again. The winger will feel he had a good case there.
OFFSIDE! Shahfiq is sent clear by a terrific ball from Shahril, but the linesman's flag goes up. Replays show he was onside though!
GOAL!! Al-Hosni makes no mistake this time round! Safuwan stretches to reach a long ball over the top but only succeeds in poking it to the striker, whose shot is well-blocked by Hassan's legs the first time round. However, he makes no mistake with the rebound, lashing it high into the corner to give Oman the lead!
Goal Amad Al Hosni
CHANCE! Al-Hosni is sent clear after Singapore lose possession but he cannot get his shot away and goes down, claiming a shove. Referee is unmoved!
Al-Farsi has a go from 30 yards and it takes a deflection. Another corner to Oman, which is swiftly cleared. But the ball comes straight back at Singapore, who are really under the cosh here!
CHANCE! Probably the best chance so far for Oman as Al-Hosni outjumps Shakir and heads a cross just wide!
Eid Al-Farsi has a go from 20 yards but it's straight at Hassan. Oman starting to impose themselves here.
Bright start for Singapore but it is Oman who fire the first shot, as Ahmed Mubarak fires wide from 25 yards.
Oman's most famous player will be goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who has played in the Premier League. We are seconds from kick off!
The Singapore players are singing the national anthem, with both teams already out on the pitch.
Izwan is apparently ruled out due to injury, while Juma'at returns to the Singapore fold. Deserved for the Home United full-back, who has been in good form since returning from injury last season.
Speaking of players, here is the starting line-up for the Lions:
XI: Hassan; Juma'at, Safuwan, Afiq, Shakir; Hariss, Zulfahmi; Faris, Shahril (C), Hafiz; Shahfiq.
That looks extremely unlikely, to say the least, but Singapore supporters will hope to see the side at least put up a good fight and show progress under Bernd Stange. Places at the year-end AFF Suzuki Cup are up for grabs as well, so the players should not be short on motivation.
My name is Teng Kiat and I will strive to provide the best coverage I can of this final Group A qualifier in Muscat. The Lions have virtually no chance of qualifying to the tournament proper in Australia and by that I mean they have to beat Oman by a hat-ful of goals AND hope every other team vying for third spot in their respective groups lose.
Hello everybody, welcome to Goal's LIVE play-by-play updates of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier between Oman and Singapore!
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