Singapore down Cambodia

Singapore beat Cambodia 2-1 in their joint 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Tuesday.

The home side went two goals up in the first half through Muhammad Faris bin Ramli and Fazrul Nawaz, while Sos Souhana pulled a goal back for the visitors in the second half.

In the group standings, Singapore are second on 10 points behind Japan on goal difference while Cambodia are bottom with no points.

The opening goal for Singapore came in the 16 minutes when midfielder Faris Ramli found the back of the net.

The home side should have doubled their lead just before half-time when they were awarded a penalty by referee Dae-Young Kim.  Amri stepped forward to take the penalty, but it was saved by Cambodia goalkeeper Um Sereirath to keep his side in the match.

Amri would not have a chance to atone for his error as he was replaced by Nawaz at the end of the first period due to an injury sustained while taking the penalty.

Naawaz wasted little time in making his presence felt, as he scored his side’s second goal two minutes after the interval to put Singapore firmly in control of the match.

In the 65th minute, Suhana pulled a goal back for Cambodia, his first goal of the qualifying campaign, but Singapore held on for the win. 

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