Football: Lions fail to find net against Hong Kong in pre-Asiad friendly

(From left) Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi and Baihakki Khaizan in action against Hong Kong skipper Chan Wai Ho in their friendly match at the Hougang Stadium on Sept 9, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi and Baihakki Khaizan in action against Hong Kong skipper Chan Wai Ho in their friendly match at the Hougang Stadium on Sept 9, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Singapore were held to a 0-0 draw by Hong Kong on Tuesday evening at the Hougang Stadium.

The friendly match was their second international friendly in four days, and served as a final warm-up before their Asian Games football competition, which kicks off on Sunday. The team beat Papua New Guinea 2-1 on Saturday.

The first-half was a drab affair, with neither side getting close to scoring. The visitors had the slight edge, troubling Singapore with their high-tempo pressing and clever movement.

The Lions started the second-half better. Striker Sahil Suhami should have scored from a Shahdan Sulaiman cut-back, but blazed over the bar instead. Singapore kick off their Asiad campaign against Tajikistan on Sunday.