Albirex unstoppable with 11th win of the season against 10-man Brunei DPMM

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Albirex Niigata FC (S) cruise to 11th Singapore Premier League victory with 5-0 rout of Brunei DPMM at Jurong East Stadium.

Albirex strolled to their 33rd straight win in the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) at the Jurong East Stadium with a 5-0 defeat of 10-man Brunei DPMM on Sunday evening.

A brace from captain Wataru Murofushi led the way for the White Swans, with Taku Morinaga, Shuhei Hoshino and Ryuji Yamanaka joining him on the scoresheet.

The win was Albirex’s second straight five-goal victory. It also meant that they have 11 wins from 11 games and they are showing no signs of slowing down just yet.

DPMM on the other hand dropped to sixth in the table, behind Home United on goal difference, after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

Coming into the game, DPMM had conceded six times in the opening 10 minutes – the highest in the league – and that came to haunt them once again, with Morinaga breaking the deadlock just nine minutes into the game.

A low cross from Ryujiro Yamanaka was not dealt with properly by centre-back Hanif Hamir, and Morinaga needed no further invitation to slam it into the back of the net past a hapless Haimie Nyaring in DPMM’s goal.

Albirex’s next opportunity would only come in the 33rd minute after Murofushi picked out Morinaga with a wonderful pass but this time, Haimie made a fine stop with his outstretched legs.

Three minutes later, Kenya Takahashi hit the woodwork with a free-kick from the edge of the box.

The hosts would double their lead less than 60 seconds later though, with Shuhei Hoshino powering past Hanfi and slotting the ball into goal after receiving the ball from Asaoka.

The lead was further extended five minutes before the break, with Murofushi getting his name on the scoresheet with a wonderful solo effort.

Murofushi received the ball from Asaoka in the middle of the park, and it looked as though he was too far out to cause any real harm. But he embarked on a wonderful run into the box, skipping past three challenges, before firing a powerful effort past the diving Haimie.

Albirex began the second half in similar fashion, with Murofushi firing narrowly over after a well-worked move from the Japanese side.

DPMM had a decent chance to reduce the deficit when Volodymyr Pryiomov ran past Shuhei Sasahara and crafted an opportunity for himself in the 56th minute only for Yosuke Nozawa to deny him.

The Ukranian was at it again just a minute later, but this time he could not keep his free-kick down.

Morinaga then wasted a golden chance to add onto his tally after Albirex carved open the Bruneians with some brilliant football, before Asaoka saw his header off Takahashi’s free-kick saved by Haimie.

Haimie continued to be kept busy by Hoshino and Morinaga, and the pressure eventually got to the 20-year-old keeper, who was sent off in the 74th minute.

The youngster had come out for a long ball and fumbled it, gifting possession to Morinaga. In a moment of madness, he punched the diminutive midfielder in the chest, giving referee Farhad Mohd no choice but to brandish the red card.

Down a man, DPMM failed to cope with the continuous Albirex pressure. Another mistake at the back gave the league leaders their fourth of the night in the 80th minute, after Helmi Zambin’s attempted clearance from a Morinaga’s cross deflected off Yamanaka into the DPMM goal.

Murofushi then got his second of the night with the last kick of the game, after substitute keeper Wardun Yussof palmed Hoshino’s header onto the Albirex captain’s path, leaving him with the simplest of finish.

DPMM coach Rene Weber: “We have played eight games in the league, and six are away – this is not something that happens normally. It’s true that we have given up too much goals in the beginning … I think maybe we have no concentration in the beginning. I have to point out that Albirex have better fitness – they have mostly foreign players, and they are some steps further ahead than other team in the competition. I congratulate to Albirex, they are doing well, a team under 23.

“Sure we can play. We lost two in the last three games … I expect to come back in our level. We started very well in the beginning of the season, we have to do something about the situation we are in. We can definitely play better … I hope in the future we can do better.”

Albirex head coach Yoshinaga Kazuaki: “Although we won 5-0 tonight, I was not happy with some of the mistakes that the players made. It was just lucky that those shots we took went in today, and on another day, we may not be so lucky. There are some mistakes that I am not very happy with. I devise the strategies for this team, and I have an idea how to stop my own team. There are definitely too mistakes that are not to my liking today.

“I would like to correct some misconceptions. Opponents always say we have 25 players, but we have 21, and 19 are Japanese with two Singaporeans. With 21 players, we are unable to play 11 vs 11 during training. This year we also cut back a lot of friendly matches, but we do not have enough substitute players … it has been a handicap for us this year.

“Another misconception is that we play with a Japanese style. I do not look into Japan for my style. I take inspiration from European football. My idea is to train the Japanese players, to be able to beat the teams outside of Japan. This is what my motivation and inspiration is from.”

Albirex Niigata FC (S): Yosuke Nozawa (GK), Shuhei Sasahara, Kaishu Yamazaki, Daiki Asaoka, Riku Moriyasu, Wataru Murofushi (C), Shuhei Hoshino, Kenya Takahashi, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Taku Morinaga (Kodai Sumikawa 82′), Ryujiro Yamanaka Ryutaro Shibanoki 85′)

Unused subs: Shahrul Rayyan, Kazuki Sumishi, Ryuji Yamauchi, Ibuki Inoue, Taiki Itsukaichi

Brunei DPMM: Haimie Nyaring (GK) (Wardun Yussof, 75′) Brian McLean, Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Hendra Azam, Volodymyr Pryiomov, Suhaimi Sulau, Helmi Zembin, Adi Said, Shah Razen Said, Hanif Hamir (Yura Indera Putera 69′)