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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Singapore thrashed by Albirex Niigata for second loss on Japan tour

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss how much fans should read into Singapore's loss to a Niigata University side.
Singapore
Singapore's squad in Japan was missing many of their most experienced players.

With the start of the AFF Suzuki Cup less than four months away, Singapore were given another wake up call after being thrashed 3-0 by Japanese side Albirex Niigata in a friendly match at the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata City on Sunday.

After conceding three times in the first quarter of an hour, the Lions showed greater defensive steel in the second half to be spared from a heavier defeat.

Albirex Niigata are only in 15th spot in the 18-team J-League. But they were a class above the visitors...

 By Gabriel Tan

Singapore put in battling display but lose to Iran in FAS Under-21 final

Singapore U21 team
Singapore U21 have now lost on three consecutive occasions against Iran, dating back to March.

Hosts Singapore turned in a battling display but came up short in the inaugural FAS Under-21 International Challenge Cup after they were beaten 1-0 by Iran in Saturday night's final at Bishan Stadium.

Mehdi Mehdikhani grabbed the only goal of the game shortly after the half-hour mark to win it for the Iranians, although they did have to weather some late pressure as the hosts searched desperately for an equaliser.

The defeat means Singapore are have now lost their past three meetings against Iran...

 By Kelvin Leong

Tampines' Hafiz Sujad strives for Ryan Giggs' consistency for Singapore

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss how much fans should read into Singapore's loss to a Niigata University side.

Known as one of Singapore football's most consistent and versatile footballers, Tampines Rovers midfielder Hafiz Sujad is aiming to emulate the consistency of Manchester United and Wales legend, Ryan Giggs.

Hafiq plied his trade in central midfield as Young Lions captain from 2009 to 2012, but his tenacity to succeed anywhere on the pitch caught the eye of then-LionsXII boss V. Sundramoorthy, who converted him into a flying left-back.

It proved to be successful as LionsXII went on to claim the 2013...

 By Jason Dasey

Sarawak FA's Ndumba Makeche plots upset of champions JDT in MSL

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and P.J. Roberts preview the upcoming fixtures in the Malaysian Super League.

Sarawak FA's top scorer Ndumba Makeche hopes that his dangerous strike partnership with former Kelantan forward Gilmar will cause a major Malaysia Super League upset against Johor Darul Ta'zim when the two teams meet in Kuching on Friday night.

Defending champions JDT are top of the table and Sarawak are only one point above the relegation zone. But the Crocs, having won two of their last three MSL matches, could be dangerous opponents.

Makeche has scored eight goals this season -- six in the MSL...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Singapore bounce back from shock loss to record first win of Japan tour

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss how much fans should read into Singapore's loss to a Niigata University side.
Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy
Coach Sundram oversaw an improved performance from Singapore on their Japan tour.

The Singapore national team bounced back from Wednesday's shock loss to record the first win of their Japan training tour on Thursday.

V. Sundramoorthy's side produced an improved performance to defeat Japan Soccer College 2-0 in Niigata, with both goals coming during an intense first half hour.

It was the perfect response from the four-time ASEAN champions, who were stunned 3-2 by unheralded Niigata University of Health and Welfare 24 hours earlier, as they were kept scoreless in the second...