The Bruneian visitors battled hard against their Singaporean hosts and were rewarded with an injury-time equaliser in a pulsating match
Brunei DPMM staged a late comeback to snatch a point as they held Tanjong Pagar United to a 1-1 draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening.
Despite only witnessing two goals in the match, the 912 fans at the stadium were treated to a colourful affair that included minor exchanges of words between both coaches at the touchline.
Midway through the first half in the 37th minute, visiting coach Vjeran Simunic was banished from the bench by referee Ahmad A’Qashah.
The Croatian was furious at a challenge by an opposing player that had gone unpunished minutes earlier and proceeded to unleash his frustration in a tirade against fourth official Irwan Samsudin.
His absence from the dugout was felt three minutes later when his side went down courtesy of a well-executed freekick by Kamel Ramdani that flew into the top corner, leaving Wasps custodian Wardun Yussof with no chance.
The Jaguars could have sealed the match in the second half but they were let down by poor finishing and Wardun’s heroics, who looked determined not to concede a second time.
On the hour mark, John Wilkinson laid the ball to Randani at the edge of the box but the latter was left disappointed after his shot was saved on the line by the Bruneian international goalkeeper.
With the clock ticking down, Jaguars coach Patrick Vallee was forced to substitute his captain Walid Lounis with Hanafi Salleh after the former sustained a cut on his brow.
Although it was not a serious injury, Vallee did not want to risk playing with 10 men on the field against DPMM while Lounis was seeking treatment at the sideline.
There was to be a happy ending for the visitors deep into injury time after Hanafi cleared the ball for a corner despite not coming under any pressure.
Tanjong Pagar thought they had done enough to survive when the first attempt was headed away for another corner, but there was to be a sting in the tale.
Wardun rushed up for the set-piece and while he made a nuisance of himself in the penalty box, Rodrigo Tosi rose highest to head the ball home and salvage a late point for his side.