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Football: Singapore, FC Zbrojovka Brno draw in friendly match

Singapore and FC Zbrojovka Brno of Czech Republic played to a 2-2 draw in a friendly match on Saturday.

SALZBURG, Austria: Singapore and FC Zbrojovka Brno of Czech Republic played to a 2-2 draw in a friendly match on Saturday.

FC Brno finished ninth out of 16 teams in the Czech's premier division in the 2013-2014 season.

Singapore took the lead in the 43rd minute through Khairul Amri after Shahril Ishak displayed some excellent footwork to set up Amri.

The Czech side equalised in the opening second half.

FC Zbrojovka Brno was awarded a penalty after Baihakki Khaizan was adjudged to have brought down a FC Brno player in the area. Pavel Mezlik made no mistake from the spot to bring the score to 1-1.

The Lions took the lead again in the 60th minute when Faritz Hameed raced down the right flank and sent a fine cross to Shahil Suhaimi, who nodded the ball past the goalkeeper.

However, the Lions were unfortunately unable to keep the lead when Tomas Brigant scored a long-range shot into the top corner in the 90th minute.

Mr Bernd Stange, Head Coach of Singapore National Team, said: "It was a good team performance on the whole. I'm delighted to see the best football the team has played in a year for the first 60 minutes of the game. We dominated, kept possession, and scored goals. But we lacked a little bit of fitness from the 60th minute onwards. We had to slow down and play more defensive football.

"For the last 30 minutes, I gave the instruction to focus on counter-attacks, and we had a great chance to score the third goal when we had two-against-one situation with Fazrul and Shahril. But I think 2-2 is a fair result as both teams played on the same level, and we had an entertaining match which was fast-paced and of very high intensity. It is a good result but we expect tougher games ahead for the reminder of the trip." 

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