Baihakki, Amri on target as Lions warm up with Laos win

Singapore recorded their first win in five matches on Thursday evening after beating Laos 2-0 in a friendly at the Yishun Stadium.

The Lions started the game brightly and took the lead after just five minutes when Baihakki found space inside the box, and proceeded to meet Shaiful Esah’s corner with a firm header past Soukthavy Soundala.

And two minutes after the half-hour mark, they doubled their tally after Faris Ramli played an inch-perfect cross to pick out Khairul Amri, who made no mistake in emphatically nodding the ball into the back of the net.

With a two-goal advantage in possession, the hosts were never in danger of losing control of the tie and continued to dominate proceedings.

Nonetheless, they were just unable to add to their tally although Singapore coach Bernd Stange is likely to be relieved that his side were finally able to end their winless streak, especially with their 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B campaign kicking off in just nine days.

The Lions’ final warm-up match for the tournament will be on Monday when they entertain Cambodia, while Laos will be finalising their preparations before heading to Hanoi to take on Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines in Group A.

Singapore: Hassan Sunny, Ismadi Mukhtar (Al-Qaasimy Rahman 55’), Baihakki Khaizan (Amirul Adli 87’), Safuwan Baharudin, Shaiful Esah, Hariss Harun, Shahdan Sulaiman (Zulfahmi Arifin 83’), Faris Ramli, Shahril Ishak (Shahfiq Ghani 76’), Khairul Amri (Fazrul Nawaz 79’), Sahil Suhaimi (Khairul Nizam 55’).

Laos: Soukthavy Soundala, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Ketsada Souksavanh, Saison Khounsamnan (Keoviengpheth Lithideth 46’), Sengdao Inthilath (Bounthavy Sipasong 63’), Tiny Bounmalay, Phoutdavy Phommasane (Paseuthsack Souliyavong 46’), Vilayout Sayyabounsou (Phattana Syvilay 76’), Soukaphone Vongchiengkham (Phoutthasay Khochalern 76’), Khonesavanh Sihavong, Khampheng Sayavutthi.

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