Fiji show promise despite Singapore loss

One minute of lapse in concentration was all it took for Fiji to lose to Singapore in a friendly on Tuesday.

Singapore – Fiji 2-0

Fiji National Men’s Team, here from the friendly against the Solomon Islands (Photo Credit: Fiji FA)

Singapore made Fiji scramble a clearance to a corner after 11 minutes and the following set piece saw Singapore captain Hariss Harun rise above everyone else and head the home side in the lead. Then straight from the kick-off Singapore got the ball back and a wonderful pass from Gabriel Quak found Ikhsan Fandi who raced through on goal and made no mistake alone with the goalkeeper.

But it was Fiji who should have taken the lead.

Fiji captain Roy Krishna found himself through on goal but from five meters his effort was too soft and the Singapore goalkeeper saved the effort.

Then Singapore took over the play after a strong opening from Fiji and scored their two goals.

After that it seemed like it was over for most of the game. Singapore kept possession but couldn’t create much.

Fiji threatened on a few occasions but none as big as the chance Krishna had in the first minute of play.

Four minutes from full time Kolino Sivoki clattered into the back of a Singaporean defender and got a red card to end a frustrating evening for Fiji.

Not all bad despite the result

Frustrating and poor in terms of the actual result maybe, but not all bad when you look at the play.

The attack lacked a little bit of creativity, but defensively it was quite solid bar that one minute of collective lapse of concentration. A bit more luck and this could have been a draw, or dare I say it, even a Fiji win.

But with that said, it was a win that Singapore deserved, their first win by more than one goal in three years.

Author: Ola Bjerkevoll

A passion for everything football and especially in Oceania. Owner of Football in Oceania.

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