Hanapi strike earns Singapore narrow win

Yasir Hanapi’s 70th minute strike was all that separated the sides in Singapore’s narrow 1-0 win over Cambodia in an international friendly on Sunday.

Singapore boasted a much-changed lineup from their 2-0 defeat to Syria on Wednesday as head coach Sundram continued to test his options ahead of his 23-man squad announcement for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

It was also a significant fixture for the Lions, who began the match with a worse FIFA World Ranking than Cambodia for the first time.

The hosts put in a much-improved defensive performance than they did against Syria and largely limited the visitors to speculative long-range attempts that rarely tested the goalkeeper.

However, they weren’t nearly as impressive going forward and produced very little by way of chances in the first half.

They were better after the break and a few more of the passes in the final third began finding their targets. They were eventually rewarded for their endeavour in the 70th minute when Yasir Hanapi broke the deadlock.

They went back in to their shell after the goal, once again leaning on their impressive defence line, who held firm and secured Singapore a 1-0 win.

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