Singapore vs. Japan (World Cup Qualifier)

The Japanese showed that they were indeed a class-above by beating the Singaporean team 0-3 at the National Stadium.


It began quite well as the home team thwarted multiple advances from the Samurai Blue. But I have to admit, it was mainly the effort by Izwan Mahbud, the goal keeper. He saved many attempts but not enough when Mu Kanazaki headed in the ball at the 20th minute. The flood gates seemed to have been opened finally, and Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida netted the 2nd and 3rd goals.


The game was dominated by the Japanese and the Singaporean team only created 1 or 2 chances and they were unfortunately off-target. Samurai Blue’s keeper Shusaku Nishikawa was unchallenged. I think he was rather bored or relaxed, and I even saw him stretching his legs during the second half of the game.


Sidenote: while football wasn’t really promising, Singapore did win something this season — the Singapore National Stadium bagged this year’s Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence! [source]



Safuwan Baharudin struggling to get the ball



Mu Kanazaki proved too quick for the Singaporean defender Nazrul Nazari



Safuwan Baharudin managed to stay up from the challenge by Yosuke Kashiwagi



Supporters for the Samurai Blue



Singaporean defenders looked helpless as Mu Kanazaki made a shot



Keeper Izwan Mahbud was at the right place at the right time



Keisuke Honda scored the second goal for the Samurai Blue, minutes after the first



Half-time — an opportunity for a selfie or two



When 6 & 7 found each other



Lost but the fans cheered on!