There seems to be little place for the underdog in modern football. In Asian football, the battle for major championship is regularly contested by the same elite group of nations. But, here Football Channel looks back at some of the memorable results in matches between ‘underdog region’ Souteast Asia and Asia’s big teams since the beginning of millennium era.
In a shock result, Singapore held Asian giants Japan to a goalless draw in the second round of Asia’s 2018 World Cup qualifers in June this year. Izwan Mahbud put on a goalkeeping masterclass with the custodian making 18 saves to help the Lions earned a precious away point despite being egged on by a boisterous crowd at the Saitama Stadium during the game.
An Indonesian who has a huge passion to follow South-East Asian football, Eric Noveanto currently writes about the Indonesian Super League and other regions for Goal Indonesia. Has also previously written for Goal Asia and BallBall.