Singapore U21 striker Amiruldin Asraf battles for the ball with two Iranian players. The hosts showed good fighting spirit despite losing. (Photo: FAS)
Singapore’s Under-21 footballers put up a spirited showing in their 0-1 defeat by their Iranian counterparts on Saturday (23 July) night at Bishan Stadium.
Both sides were contesting the final of the inaugural International Challenge Cup, a friendly tournament hosted by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Singapore thrashed Hong Kong 5-0 on Wednesday (20 July), while Iran saw off Uzbekistan on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Mehdi Mehdikhani’s clinical first-half goal was enough to separate the two sides, who also clashed twice in three days in Tehran in March this year. Singapore lost those games 0-1 and 0-2, but Iran head coach Amir Hossein Peiravani believes they have improved.
“Today, Singapore were better than they were three months ago,” he noted. “Their transition from defence to attack was very good, especially on theRead More »from Improved Singapore U21s fall to Iran in narrow loss