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]

 

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Safuwan Baharudin struggling to get the ball

 

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Mu Kanazaki proved too quick for the Singaporean defender Nazrul Nazari

 

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

 

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Supporters for the Samurai Blue

 

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Singaporean defenders looked helpless as Mu Kanazaki made a shot

 

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

 

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

 

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Half-time — an opportunity for a selfie or two

 

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When 6 & 7 found each other

 

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Lost but the fans cheered on!

 

Singapore vs. Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup 2014

Singapore National Stadium, 29 November 2014 — In this “derby” match, the Malaysian team edged Singapore out. Singapore needed at least a draw but the Malaysians proved hungrier and went for a win to qualify for the quarter finals. The results 1 – 3 placed Malaysia in second in Group B, behind Thailand.

 

Just before the match
Just before the match

 

Physio attending to downed defender Shaiful
Physiotherapist attending to downed defender Shaiful

 

The referee
The referee from Oman, Al Kaf Ahmed

 

Malaysian midfielder Gary Robbat being challenged.
Malaysian midfielder Gary Robbat being challenged

 

Gardening during the half-time break
Gardening during the half-time break

 

Singapore forward Shahfiq trying to advance.
Singapore forward Shahfiq trying to advance

 

Singapore midfielder Faris R.
Singapore midfielder Faris R.

 

Shahfiq again, sprinting forward with the ball.
Shahfiq again, sprinting forward with the ball

 

Can't remember what happened here, but Malaysian defender Shukor  seemed to be very excited.
Can’t remember what happened here, but Malaysian defender Shukor was very excited

 

Gary Robbat tripped over Singapore defender Shakir.
Gary Robbat tripped over Singapore defender Shakir

 

Substitution -- Singapoer midfielder Gabriel Quak called in to add more firepower.
Substitution — Singapoer midfielder Gabriel Quak called in to add more firepower

 

No goal -- Malaysian goalkeeer Khairul Fahmi on top form -- denied Faris' advancement.
No goal — Malaysian goalkeeer Khairul Fahmi on top form — denied Faris’ advancement

 

Shahfiq got the header.
Shahfiq got the header

 

Malaysian midfielder Hafiz challenging counterpart Shahril from Singapore.
Malaysian midfielder Hafiz challenging counterpart Shahril from Singapore…

 

Shahril got away
…but Shahril got away

 

Malaysian keeper Khairul Fahmi again denied an equalizer attempt from Singapore forward, Amri.
Malaysian keeper Khairul Fahmi again denied an equalizer attempt from Singapore forward, Amri

 

Malaysian forward, Norshahrul. Singapore defender Safuwan pleaded not guilty
Malaysian forward, Norshahrul. Singapore defender Safuwan pleaded not guilty

 

Malaysian defender, Muslim proved to be a higher jumper.
Malaysian defender, Muslim proved to be a higher jumper

 

Singapore fan celebrating after the team scored an equalizer.
Singapore fan celebrating after the team scored an equalizer

 

Khairul Fahmi denied yet another shot on target.
Khairul Fahmi denied yet another shot on target

 

Midfielder Safiq Rahim converted a penalty. as goalkeeper Hassan Sunny dived the other direction.
Midfielder Safiq Rahim converted a penalty. as goalkeeper Hassan Sunny dived the other direction

 

Desperate for another equalizer, Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny headed the freekick ball near the opponents' box. The rebound unfortunately gave the Malaysians the third goal.
Desperate for the second equalizer, Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny attempted a header from the freekick ball near the opponents’ box but it was punched away by Khairul Fahmi before Hassan even came close. The rebound unfortunately gave the Malaysians the third goal

 

All's well.
The end, 1-3 but all is well

 

I took all these with SAL70300G lens, and stretching the ISO up to 4000-5600. Some noise reduction was done in post and I think they’re still usable at Web resolution 🙂

 

Cartwheel Celebration

How would you celebrate after scoring a goal? Do a cartwheel, of course!

And that needs practice too!

 

Cartwheel  (a7 with Minolta MD 50mm)