Singapore national football coach Bernd Stange has conceded his side were fortunate to snatch a 1-0 win over Afghanistan in their World Cup qualifier on Thu (Oct 8).
Forward Khairul Amri headed in the lone goal in the 72nd minute at the National Stadium to keep the Lions in third place in their qualifying group with seven points.
But the home side failed to impress with their largely conservative approach to the match and it was Afghanistan, ranked seven places above Singapore at 150th, who dominated and would have made off with three points if not for forward Khaibar Amani missing three clear-cut chances.
“We are very, very lucky … It was a dirty win tonight.” Stange confessed at the post-match press conference. “We have to perform much better against Cambodia (on Oct 13).”
Singapore captain Shahril Ishak, who was taken off at half time, agreed. “The first half, we were very lucky … We had our chance and we took it and earned three points but it was very scrappy.”
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