Singapore had to win against their neighbour Indonesia to go through to the knockout stage but they lost 1-2, as their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign comes to a disastrous end.
In the previous installation of the AFF Suzuki Cup two years ago, the Lions crashed out from the group stage on home soil.
This meant that national coach V Sundramoorthy was not able to replicate his success with the LionsXII in the Malaysian Super League, where he won the MSL title.
The Lions took the lead in the 27th minute as things began to look up. A long throw from Madhu Mohana was flicked on by Safuwan Baharudin, and Khairul Amri blasted the ball into the net with a spectacular scissors-kick. That was the Lions’ first goal of the tournament. However, Indonesia levelled the score on the 62nd minute with a strike from winger, Andik Vermansyah.
The Lions poured forward to grab the winner, as they needed a win to advance but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. They were left to regret those wasted chances as Indonesia forward Stefano Lilipaly thumped home the winner in the 84th minute to send the Lions home.