Friday, October 23, 2009


Two out of two for Raddy's Lions

HO CHI MINH CITY, 22 October 2009: Two first half goals from Aleksandar Duric and a goal each from Khairul Amri and Masrezwan Masturi gave Singapore a 4-2 win over Turkmenistan in the HCMC International Tournament in Vietnam.

The Lions dominated possession from the opening whistle as they created numerous chances against the back pedaling Turkmenistan defense.

Duric opened the scoring in the ninth minute after trapping a long ball from captain Noh Rahman and rifling a right foot shot into the top corner.

Turkmenistan equalized five minutes later through a penalty after Hassan Sunny fouled an on coming Turkmenistan forward in the area and up stepped Berdy Shamuradov to slot in the penalty

The Lions created several chances as they first half wore on but both Duric and his strike partner, Agu Casmir, failed to capitalise on them.

Duric finally managed get the vital second goal and his seventh goal for Singapore as he finished off a move started by Casmir and Shahril Ishak in the 38th minute as Singapore headed into the break with a well deserved lead.

Singapore started the second half in a furious tempo as they lay siege on the Turkmenistan defense.

Khairul Amri and Masrezwan Masturi, who came as on substitutes for Duric and Fazrul Nawaz, were combining well and carved open the defense with the darting runs around the penalty area.

On the hour mark, Masturi beat the offside trap and clipped in Singapore’s third over the on rushing goalkeeper.

Amri got his ninth international goal in the 77th minute to give Singapore a commendable three goal cushion.

Turkmenistan got their second goal of the game after a swift counter attack left the Lions’ defense scrambling and striker Guvanchmuhammet Ovekov easily scored from close range.

Ho Chi Minh City International Tournament

Singapore 4
Aleksandar Duric 9’, 38’
Masrezwan Masturi 60'
Khairul Amri 77'

Turkmenistan 2
Berdy Shamuradov 14th (pen)
Guvanchmuhammet Ovekov 84th

Singapore: Hassan Sunny, Noh Rahman (C) (Rosman Sulaiman 46’), Daniel Bennett (Sevki Sha'ban 68’), Precious Emuejeraye, Shaiful Esah, Shahril Ishak, Isa Halim, Hariss Harun, Fazrul Nawaz (Masrezwan Masturi 46’(Juma'at Jantan 68’)), Aleksandar Duric (Khairul Amri’), Agu Casmir (John Wilkinson 80’)
Comments from Coach Radojko Avramovic

On the Singapore’s performance

We played well and created many chances in today’s game, especially in the first half but because of good goalkeeping and the players’ eagerness to score, we weren’t able to increase the score line.

On Khairul Amri and Masrezwan Masturi scoring

I am happy for them. They both had a good game and they could have scored a lot more today. A game like this will encourage them to work harder for future games.

On the players performance

Aleksandar Duric had a good game as he scored two goals and also created many chances for the other players. Hariss Harun and Isa Halim played well too as they controlled the midfield and helped out in the defense when needed.

On any injuries

Agu (Casmir) twisted his ankle and Mas (Masrezwan Masturi) hurt his back. Most likely they will not play on Saturday against Vietnam

Sat, 24 Oct (1615hr) (local time)VIETNAM vs SINGAPORE

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