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AFTER TERRIBLE START, HOME UNITED FINALLY SHOW GLIMPSES OF CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

They were one of the title contenders pre-season, but endured a terrible start when they went winless in their first four games and dropped 10 points in the process, effectively killing their title hopes before they could even start to dream. But once they got into the groove, once they kickstarted their campaign with their first win, a 4-1 cakewalk over Garena Young Lions despite conceding the opener, they are now one of the form teams outside of the seemingly unstoppable league leaders Albirex Niigata.

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NERVOUS SINGAPORE DEFEATS MYANMAR IN UNCONVINCING 2-1 VICTORY

So after almost three years, Bernd Stange is stepping down as the national football coach, as The New Paper reported earlier this month. But based on his last home match, a 2-1 win over Myanmar in an international friendly at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night, the 68-year-old German has definitely failed in what he set out to do when he was first appointed in May 2013.

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GUTSY TAMPINES ROVERS HOLD FILIPINO SIDE CERES LA SALLE TO DRAW IN AFC CUP

On paper, this looked like an AFC Cup match between an S.League club against a team from the Philippines. But it might as well have been a Singaporean side taking on an European outfit. Whereas Tampines Rovers featured eight Singaporeans and three imports in their starting XI, Ceres La Salle deployed eight outfield players born in Europe, two from South Korea, with goalkeeper Louie Casas the only one born and bred in the Philippines.

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MINNOWS BALESTIER KHALSA SCALPS HONG KONG CHAMPIONS KITCHEE SC IN AFC CUP

For the second gameweek in a row, S.League teams Balestier Khalsa and Tampines Rovers stayed unbeaten in the AFC Cup, indicating that local football is on the up. In fact, they beat Kitchee SC and Selangor 1-0, earning crucial wins against teams widely regarded as the best in Group F and E respectively. Both teams also rose to the top of their respective tables, putting them in a good position to fly Singapore's flag in the knockout rounds for the first time since Home United made the last 16 in 2012.

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JERMAINE PENNANT STARS AS TAMPINES ROVERS TRASH SJDC FOUR-NIL IN AFC CUP

Singaporean teams got off to a good start in the second-tier AFC club competition, with Tampines Rovers beating Bangladesh's Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 4-0 at Jalan Besar and Balestier Khalsa holding New Radiant to a 2-2 draw in the Maldives last night. In terms of result, they delivered one that equals their biggest AFC Cup win, with former Arsenal and Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant involved in all four goals. While the 33-year-old marquee signing is clearly no longer the flying winger he once was, he was still too good for the opponents who were making their debut in the AFC Cup proper.

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S’PORE FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP FINALS CANCELLED DUE TO HAZE

Organisers of the Singapore leg of the Fina Swimming World Cup announced their decision to cancel the WC finals scheduled for 6pm after the 3-hour PSI reading escalated towards the unhealthy range. This is the first time the FINA World Cup had been cancelled in Singapore since its inception in 2007.

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