ICC Football: Opener's crowd number a Singapore low

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah in action against Atletico Madrid's Aitor Punal (right) during the International Champions Cup match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium in Singapore, on July 26, 2018.
Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah in action against Atletico Madrid's Aitor Punal (right) during the International Champions Cup match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium in Singapore, on July 26, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

It was billed as a mouth-watering rematch of last season's Europa League semi-final but, instead, last night's clash between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid struggled to pull in the paying public.

A crowd of 23,095 showed up at the National Stadium for the first match of this year's International Champions Cup (ICC) Singapore leg. It was the lowest attendance since the Republic started hosting the tournament last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'Opener's crowd number a S'pore low'. Print Edition | Subscribe