Football: Lions exit Asian Cup qualifiers after 1-3 defeat by Oman

Singapore lost 1-3 against Oman in their final Asian Cup qualifier Group A match-up in Muscat last night.

The defeat means that the Lions are out of the Asian Cup, finishing last in the Group A behind Oman, Jordan and Syria. They had one win, against Syria, and five losses in the campaign.

Last night, Oman could have won by an even larger margin, had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who repelled wave after wave of Omani attacks.

It was one-way traffic for Oman throughout the first half, and the Lions' resistance was finally broken after 19 minutes.

A long punt from the halfway line eluded two Singapore defenders and landed nicely for Amad Al-Hosni, who fired home the rebound after seeing his initial shot charged down by Hassan.

However, the match was effectively over as a contest shortly after the restart, when a Qasim Said shot from inside the box took a slight deflection past Hassan in the 50th minute.

A lack of concentration at the back allowed Oman to increase their lead to 3-0, as Sami Al-Hasani ghosted in to tap home a low cross.

The Lions eventually managed to salvage some pride late on, captain Shahril Ishak running onto a through ball to slot the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

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