|RIZAL MEMORIAL STADIUM, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
By Khalis Rifhan
After tasting defeat twice against the same opposition earlier this year, it was an improvement of sorts for Singapore as they played out a goal-less draw against the Philippines in the first leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final.
It was a fairly even game, but it was Singapore that looked dangerous in the attacking third.
Although coach Radojko ‘Raddy’ Avramovich knew that his charges did not take the chances presented to them, the Serbian was still pleased with overall play.
“I think it was a good game. It was open football from both teams. We have been in some ways missing concentration, especially in the first half," he explained.
“We were more clinical in the Malaysia game, but not today.
“We should have scored at least one, but we should be happy that it ended 0-0.”
Despite feeling contend with the result, Raddy pointed out that they went into the game looking for a result.
“We came to try and win the game [and in the] first half we were very attacking. I congratulate all the players as they gave 100% in the game," he said.
The two sides will meet next Wednesday for the return leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium, with the winner of the tie meeting either Malaysia or Thailand in the final.