Football: Tampines through to AFC Cup round of 16 after beating Selangor 1-0

Singapore's Tampines Rovers celebrating after beating Malaysia's Selangor FA at the AFC Cup (Group Stage) match, on May 10, 2016.
Singapore's Tampines Rovers celebrating after beating Malaysia's Selangor FA at the AFC Cup (Group Stage) match, on May 10, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The crowd from Singapore cheering for the Tampines Rovers on May 10, 2016.
The crowd from Singapore cheering for the Tampines Rovers on May 10, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Tampines Rover's Jermaine Pennant at a training session in the National Stadium on May 9, 2016.
Tampines Rover's Jermaine Pennant at a training session in the National Stadium on May 9, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Fans watching the AFC Cup match between Tampines Rovers and Selangor, at the national stadium, on May 10, 2016.
Fans watching the AFC Cup match between Tampines Rovers and Selangor, at the national stadium, on May 10, 2016.ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE
Fans watching the AFC Cup match between Tampines Rovers and Selangor, at the national stadium, on May 10, 2016.
Fans watching the AFC Cup match between Tampines Rovers and Selangor, at the national stadium, on May 10, 2016.ST PHOTO: NG KENG GENE

SINGAPORE - Tampines Rovers qualified for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup round of 16 when they beat Selangor 1-0 at the National Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Stags, buoyed by a fully-fit Jermaine Pennant, needed a win to progress. They started the match third with seven points, one behind their opponents and two behind leaders Ceres of the Philippines.

With 11,875 fans cheering them on at the 55,000-seat venue, the stage was set for an intriguing showdown and the five-time S-League champions, who are the first local club to play at the venue since it reopened its doors in 2014, duly delivered.

Midfielder Yasir Hanapi got the hosts off to a running start. Just after the half-hour mark, he curled Billy Mehmet's lay-off past Selangor goalkeeper Khairulazhan Khalid and into the top left corner.

Selangor came close to equalising just before half-time. Argentinian attacker Mauro Olivi free-kick was struck well, but was met with an equally good save by Izwan Mahbud.

In the second-half, Selangor coach Zainal Abidin threw on striker Ahmad Bakri and midfielder Adam Nor in search of the equalising goal but the Tampines defence held strong.

There was a scuffle with five minutes left and Mehmet was sent off for his role. Luckily for him and coach V. Sundramoorthy, Selangor couldn't make their one-man advantage count.

In the group's other match, Phillippins side Ceres La Salle thrashed Bangladesh's Sheikh Jamal 5-0 to top the group.