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Missed the thrills and spills in Singapore's only professional football league? Here's a quick recap of the action over the past week, where Tampines staged an incredible fightback

 COURTS YOUNG LIONS 2-3 TANJONG PAGAR UNITED
(Amy Recha 18', Muhaymin Salim 51' | Monsef Zerka 36', 47', 54')

The Jaguars snapped a three-game losing streak at the Jalan Besar Stadium thanks to a hat-trick from marquee signing Zerka, who got off the mark for the season in style. Poor defending let in Amy Recha for the opener, but Zerka pounced after Syazwan Buhairi's clearance cannoned off a defender and into his path in front of an empty goal. He headed in a corner after the break to give them the lead, although Muhaymin struck a superb dipping effort minutes later to restore parity. The Moroccan had the last laugh though, pushing a deep free-kick from Hafiz Osman past Syazwan with a brilliant first touch before slotting home the winner.

WOODLANDS WELLINGTON 1-1 ALBIREX NIIGATA
(Chang Jo-yoon 47' | Taiyo Nishida 95')

The Rams maintained their unbeaten start to the season at Woodlands Stadium, but will rue not bringing home all three points. After a goal-less first half, Chang broke the deadlock within 120 seconds of the restart with a neat swivel and finish. It was a lead they held on to until disaster struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time, as substitute Nishida volleyed home from close range with the last kick of the game to salvage a point.

HOME UNITED 2-2 HOUGANG UNITED
(Bruno Castanheira 69', Fazrul Nawaz 90' | Geison Moura 52', Diego Gama 89')

The Protectors stumbled in their title quest when they could only draw against their bogey team, who did a league double over them last season. They were hit with a blow on 48 minutes when star man Lee Kwan Woo copped a second yellow for taking a free-kick without the referee's whistle, with the Cheetahs going ahead four minutes later. Moura tucked away a rebound after his initial shot was saved, but Home struck back when Nazri Sabri made a hash of his clearance and the ball fell kindly for Castanheira to tap in his first for the club. Gama converted Nurhilmi Jasni's square ball with one minute left, but Home attacked immediately from the restart and Fazrul tapped in Qiu Li's low cross to rescue the point.

TAMPINES ROVERS 3-2 HARIMAU MUDA B
(Noh Alam Shah 85', Miljan Mrdakovic 93', Roberto Martinez 96' | Akhir Bahari 63', Nurshamil Ghani 73')

The Stags produced an incredible comeback to turn defeat into victory, just when it looked like the Young Tigers were set to shock the defending champions. Substitute Nurshamil set up Akhir for a deflected opener before the latter returned the favour, putting Razip Ismail's side on course for their first points of the season. But Salim Moin threw on Alam Shah, which turned out to be an inspired move. The striker clinically finished off a Mrdakovic flick with five minutes left, before his header was parried into the latter's path for an easy tap in. The fightback was completed when Martinez met Duric's hanging cross to the far post with a diving header deep into stoppage time, making it five wins out of five for the leaders.

BALESTIER KHALSA 2-2 WARRIORS FC
(Goran Ljubojevic 15', Paul Cunningham 85'| Miroslav Pejic 37', Nicolas Velez 50')

Both sides played out an entertaining draw that saw drama aplenty in the week's "live" match at Jalan Besar Stadium. Ljubojevic opened the scoring with a looping header off Syed Thaha's corner for his fourth of the season, but Pejic levelled matters with a stunning curler that took a slight deflection. Velez then slammed home from close range to open his accounts for the club, although he looked well offside. Yusiskandar Yusop saw red five minutes later for a reckless challenge on Kevin McCann, but the Tigers struck back late on through captain Cunningham's wonderful 25-yard attempt. There was still time for Kim Min-ho and Ridwan Jamil to get a second yellow each, as Balestier finished with eight men and a hard-earned point.

 GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL 1-1 BRUNEI DPMM
(Yuki Ichikawa 17' | Rodrigo Tosi 21')

The Eagles continued their revival under new coach Jorg Steinebrunner as they picked up a draw in his second game against title contenders DPMM, having bagged their first points by beating Courts Young Lions last week. Left-back Ichikawa scored his first goal for the club after capitalising on goalkeeper Wardun Yusof's dropped catch. But Brazilian ace Tosi came to the Wasps' rescue with a headed equaliser four minutes later, as his fourth goal of the season salvaged a point.

WEEK 5 AT A GLANCE22 GOALS, 26 YELLOW CARDS, 4 RED CARDS
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