Singapore U22s claim first win in AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers, climb to second spot
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29 October 2021, Singapore - Singapore's U22 football team claimed its first win of their AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers yesterday, courtesy of a Glenn Kweh strike in on 52 minutes.
The Lions had earlier survived a penalty scare when Singapore's hero against Timor Leste Jordan Emaviwe was adjudged to have brought down Kieran Hayes in the penalty box, but Philippines skipper Olive Bias saw his spot kick canon off the underside of the bar to safety and to the Lions' relief.
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Singapore had looked lively up to that point, but similar to the previous match against Timor Leste, were unable to capitalise on their chances.
Nazri Nasir's charges finally found the breakthrough they were looking for 7 minutes into the second period when Glenn Kweh's brilliant first tough saw him take Danish Irfan's crossfield pass in his stride, before he left his marker for dead to lash home from the edge of the area off the inside of the post.
With the result Singapore climbs into second in the table on 4 points, 2 behind leaders Korea Republic, who hammered six past the Lions' opening match opponents in the other fixture of Group H.
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Group H Fixtures, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022™ Qualifiers
25 Oct: South Korea 3-0 Philipines
25 Oct: Singapore 2-2 Timor-Leste
28 Oct: Timor-Leste 0-6 South Korea
28 Oct: Philippines 0-1 Singapore
31 Oct: Timor-Leste vs Philippines
31 Oct: South Korea vs Singapore