Asian Games football: Heartbreak for Singapore after late Tajikistan goal

Tajikistan's Asrorov Siyovush (extreme right) wheels away in celebration after scoring the 87th-minute winning goal against Singapore during his country's opening Asian Games football match at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Incheon, South Korea on Sept 14,
Tajikistan's Asrorov Siyovush (extreme right) wheels away in celebration after scoring the 87th-minute winning goal against Singapore during his country's opening Asian Games football match at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Incheon, South Korea on Sept 14, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 

IT WAS heartbreak for Singapore's footballers as they got their Asian Games campaign off to a bad start, losing 0-1 to Tajikistan on Sunday afternoon.

With only three minutes of normal time remaining at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Ansan, South Korea, Tajikistan centre-back Siyovush Asrorov rose highest from a corner to power in a header, past the diving Hassan Sunny.

Singapore came close through a Shahfiq Ghani volley, which stung the palms of the goalkeeper, and Faris Ramli, whose overhead kick in the six-yard box went just wide.

Singapore play Oman on Wednesday in their next Group C match.