Remember that date forever, Singapore football fans. We managed to draw 0-0 with mighty Asian powerhouses Japan in Group E of Asia’s World Cup qualifying stage. On their home turf.
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Yes, we played one extra match but who cares. When was the last time you’ve seen Singapore top their group for the qualifiers?
Japan were quite wasteful in the match and couldn’t convert their numerous chances. Kagawa was unable to impose himself in the game and was substituted early in the second half as expected. But I will take nothing away from Lions goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud. He single-handedly kept Singapore in the match with many good saves, especially the headers from Okazaki and Honda. The entire Singapore team were very disciplined in defence and made zero errors.
I think we can coin a new term for this style of football: Parking the MRT. Jose Mourinho would have been proud.
Now, we need to follow this up with consistency. Get some good results against the rest of the group, and prepare for the inevitable return leg in Singapore in November. It’s going to be a slobberknocker for sure. Japan are going to be mad about this.