SINGAPORE - The national cerebral palsy football team's hopes of going through to the gold medal match are left hanging by a thread following their 0-4 round robin loss to Thailand on Sunday afternoon at the National Stadium.
Singapore's captain Khairul Anwar, whose left foot had produced four wonder goals in the past two matches, ran out of magic against the Thais, who found a way to rein in the Republic's attack throughout the 60-minute encounter.
Neither Khairul's halfway line goal attempt, nor redeploying the defender to the front after the interval, could not do the trick this time. Singapore's seven-a-side team were outclassed by their opponents through goals by Sanya Suksang (24th, 46th minute), Paisan Saechao (30th min) and Nattapong Wanna (44th, 55th min).
Whether the Republic still stand a chance to advance to the gold medal decider will be determined later on Sunday evening, when defending champions Myanmar take on debutants Indonesia. But Myanmar are heavy favourites to emerge victorious in that match, given that Indonesia have yet to score a goal and conceded 10 goals in three matches.
Singapore, who were silver medallists at the 2014 APG, have recorded one win and two losses in the five-nation tournament so far. They will be playing their final round robin match against Malaysia on Monday.
Meanwhile, Thailand are the first time to book their spot in Wednesday's gold medal match.