The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

AFF Suzuki Cup: Indonesia stun Singapore with late winner


KUALA LUMPUR - Singapore's passage to the semi-finals of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup will hinge on their result against Laos this weekend, after they crashed to a 0-1 defeat by Indonesia in Group B.

There were few clear-cut chances on a rain-soaked pitch at Bukit Jalil Stadium, but the game opened up when Singapore defender Irwan Shah was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the second half.

The Lions came closest to scoring when substitute Aleksandar Duric rattled the crossbar with a header in the 82nd minute.

They were made to pay for that miss.

Four minutes from time, Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud was deceived by the flight of a free-kick from Indonesia's Andik Vermansyah.

Malaysia will play Laos in another Group B tie later on Wednesday.

The Lions, who still top the group on goal difference, will meet Laos on Saturday.