Philippines bows to Singapore, 1-0
in AFF Suzuki Cup semis 2nd leg
SINGAPORE - Khairul Amri fired home the only goal of a tight contest as three-time champions Singapore booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final with a 1-0 victory over the Philippines at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.
The striker, who netted the winner for the Lions in their 2007 final triumph against Thailand, emerged as the hero once again when he was left unmarked on a quickly-taken free-kick by Shahdan Sulaiman in the 19th minute and fired home his second goal of the competition to give his side a 1-0 aggregate win.
The Lions dominated the opening half but the Philippines improved after the break although they rarely threatened to find an equalizer against the well-drilled Singapore defense.