Singapore to play for pride in must-win Laos clash

Singapore face Laos in their third SEA Games Group A match on Friday needing a win to stand any chance of progressing.

A victory at the Selayang Stadium still may not be enough, as Singapore now need either Malaysia or Myanmar to lose both their games or the Young Lions will exit of football competition.

Richard Tardy’s side fell to a second straight defeat on Wednesday night as they lost 2-1 to Malaysia at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Singapore shipped two second-half goals in the space of six minutes as they added a second loss to their 2-0 first match defeat to Myanmar.

They now need to beat Laos, and then Brunei next Wednesday while hoping that either Malaysia or Myanmar suffer a dramatic loss of form in order to qualify for the semi-finals.

Ahead of Friday’s clash Coach Tardy urged his players to give it their all and salvage some pride.

“We must play for pride, for honour. We are playing as the national team of the country in a big tournament. We must respect Singapore football,” said the Frenchman.

Tardy’s men will need to be on top form to beat Laos, who looked in good shape to grab a point against Myanmar on Wednesday before two late goals saw them lose 3-1.

Laos are coached by the former coach of the Singapore U22 side Mike Wong.

“Laos are a good team, with good speed, and we will need to perform well, be at our best level if we want to get a good result,” said Tardy.