By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Despite dominating much of the game, the Lions were dealt a blow in the 66th minute when Irwan Shah was sent off for a second bookable offence, but they continued to match their opponents despite the numerical deficit and looked good value for the draw.
In fact, they could even have gone on to grab all three points after Khairul Amri had a strong penalty shout turned down, while Aleksandar Duric sent a header back off the bar, and in the end, Indonesia grabbed all three points in the 87th minute when Andik Vermansah struck with an audacious long-range strike.
Speaking after the game, Avramovic was understandably disappointed at the result, as well as the decisions by the referee that went against them.
"As expected, it was a difficult game," he said. "I would have been happy if we had gotten a point.
"I think this referee is very interesting - he is funny in some ways. Looking back, there were two parts.
"One, when he gave us the red card and the second part was the penalty we should have been given. From the start, he was looking at our bench but that was a penalty.
"There were some harsh decisions."
The Serb also lamented on his side's inability to put away the chances they created, even when playing with a man down.
"It was not easy to play with one less man but still we got several opportunities but we did not score," Avramovic added.
"If we have any ambition [of making the semi-finals], we have to do it the hard way now."
"I am not under pressure. This game is finished and we must look forward to the next game, win it and go to the next round."
Indonesia coach Nil Maizar was thankful with the three points that pushed his side to the top of the group and vowed to give his players a chance to prove themselves.
"Thank God for a good result," said the 42-year-old. "I'm proud of my players, their good spirit and performance.
"It is a good motivation for us for the next game.
"I do not want to belittle the players. They're all the same, and they'll get opportunities based on their performance."
Nil's introduction of Andik also reaped dividends as the pacy winger gave the Singapore backline real problems and went on to score the winner, but the Indonesian tactician was quick to defend his decision not to start his 21-year-old starlet.
"We have three games in six days so we must be careful with the selection," he added.
"Andik came in at the right time because the Singapore players were already exhausted."
Indonesia are next in action against Malaysia on Saturday, while Singapore will look to bounce back against Laos.
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