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The Lions earned a credible draw against the Czech top division side in a friendly match in Austria, twice taking the lead before conceding a goal in the dying minutes of the game

Singapore National Team played FC Zbrojovka Brno, a team from Czech premier football league to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

FC Brno had finished ninth in the 16-team Czech top division the previous year.

With both sides matching each other in the opening exchanges it was not until the 43rd minute that the deadlock was broken and it was Singapore who did so; Shahril Ishak setting up Khairul Amri to draw first blood.

FC Brno drew level shortly after the start of the second-half, after a foul inside the penalty area by Baihakki Khaizan gave away a spot kick. Pavel Mezlik stepped up to convert and make it 1-1

Singapore then took the lead at the hour mark. Faritz Hameed's well-placed cross found Sahil Suhaimi who found the back of the net. The Courts Young Lions forward had been introduced at the start of the second-half.

However, there was heartbreak for the Lions. Tomas Brigant popped up in the 90th minute to score from a long-range effort to end the match in a tie.

Singapore coach Bernd Stange was happy with the performance calling it the best football he had seen since he had taken charge of the Lions.

“It was a good team performance on the whole," he said. "I’m delighted to see the best football the team has played in a year for the first 60 minutes of the game. We  dominated, kept possession, and scored goals."

Stange however pointed out the there was fitness concerns as the team failed to keep up their attacking momentum past the 60th minute mark.

"But we lacked a little bit of fitness from the 60th minute onwards," he said. "We had to slow down and play more defensive football. For the last 30 minutes, I gave the instruction to focus on counter-attacks, and we had a great chance to score the third goal when we had two-against-one situation with Fazrul (Fazrul Nawaz) and Shahril."

"But I think 2-2 is a fair result as both teams played on the same level, and we had an entertaining match which was fast-paced and of very high intensity. It is a good result but we expect tougher games ahead for the reminder of the trip.”


Singapore National Team Line-up

18. Hassan Sunny (GK) (replaced by Izwan Mahbud in 45th min)

3. Shaiful Esah (replaced by Shakir Hamzah in 56th min)

5. Baihakki Khaizan

7. Gabriel Quak (replaced by Adam Swandi in 85th min)

8. Shahdan Sulaiman

9. Faritz Hameed

14. Hariss Harun

17. Shahril Ishak (c)

19. Khairul Amri (replaced by Fazrul Nawaz in 72nd min)

21. Safuwan Baharudin

23. Zulfahmi Arifin (replaced by Sahil Suhaimi in 45th min)

 

Substitutes:

1. Izwan Mahbud (GK)

2. Shakir Hamzah

10. Fazrul Nawaz

12. Sahil Suhaimi

13. Hafiz Sujad

15. Afiq Yunos

26. Shahfiq Ghani

27. Adam Swandi

28. Al-Qaasimy Rahman

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