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Singapore football’s 2-2 draw with China

It made my day to read about our Singapore national football team holding the China team to a 2-2 draw at the National Stadium yesterday.

What is even more remarkable is that they came back from 2-0 down at half time to hold China to a draw.

China, although unlike Japan or South Korea isn't an Asian football powerhouse, still there are plenty to shout about the result.

It was a good result, a satisfaction and a good start and I wish our boys and everyone involved my best wishes.

They have shown plenty of grit, determination and heart and for those who have for so long continue to believe in our own talents, stood by them and not imported talents. Shanti Pereira is another one such shining 100% Singaporean star.

I say to them to continue having faith in our own people and although the odds are stacked against us very high because of our small population base and our urban lifestyle, still, let's us continue to believe and cheer them and never give up.

Heartiest congratulations once more.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

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  • Good Simon:

    “They have shown plenty of grit, determination and heart and for those who have for so long continue to believe in our own talents, stood by them and not imported talents. ”

    Of course, of course, every player there is our own talent. Not imported talent. Of course. Better agree. Otherwise, 泼妇骂。

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  • The Lions should count themselves lucky that China did not send their women’s team A to spar.

    Else the Lions would be going home having nightmares and wondering “How come ar… cannot be wat…”. lol

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  • rice:

    If you ask me,it’s nothing to shout about.
    To me,Sg must beat the likes of Japan or S Korea to be on its way to Goh’s Dream Team for Olympics.
    It’s been a long time since The Sg Miracle ,a miracle attained by the sheer grit and honest hard and highly PRODUCTIVE Labour of ordinary sgs.

    That is the kind of national achievement we should be proud of.
    Thec Kallang Roar(LIONS’ ROAR) is glaringly missing ; so too the SG KAMPONG SPIRIT.

    TOO MANY Singaporeans now cannot even “meow” like a cat???
    DAFT!

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  • opposition dude:

    The best is when the China captain quit over this draw ha ha ha ha ha! They think of themselves as so good har, just like PAP and cannot accept reality when the result does not go their way.

    Go to hell man, if China was even that good they would be representing Asia in every World Cup and not South Korea and Japan. Show that you are the best, your arrogance just makes you look stupid nia.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Yes.
    Sg soccer team’s performance need to step it up.
    But to be fair, many sg players are malay or muslims. Currently puasa, so consider this factor, this match already not bad.

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  • @PAP mandate strong

    If I remember correctly, those puasa eat early in the morning, they can also drink liquid anytime, dio bo?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    First of all i did not thumb u down.

    Second, most people although not all if never 3 meals properly at appropriate timing will 软手软脚. Ask any chinese.

    Thirdly, i heard only. China soccer team’s food too dot kong 非常补. Last time 吃鳖 , currently 吃海参 .
    Obviously curry or chilli or nasi lemak seems to work better.
    Lost to Thai, lost to Vietnam, Draw with Sg ……

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  • Errr….

    Latest march China 4: Sinkieland 1, Simon now write simi?

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  • Confusion says:

    Confusion says an army cannot fight on an empty stomach.

    TRE Tech:
    Errr….

    Latest march China 4: Sinkieland 1, Simon now write simi?

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  • Ikanyew:

    Brazil football players eat beef steak, Koreans have ginseng.

    Feed the mainland Chinese football players “ stewed cow legs with ginseng “ will enhance their performance to superstar levels.

    PAP mandate strong:
    First of all i did not thumb u down.

    Second, most people although not all if never 3 meals properly at appropriate timing will 软手软脚. Ask any chinese.

    Thirdly, i heard only. China soccer team’s food too dot kong 非常补. Last time 吃鳖 , currently 吃海参 .
    Obviously curry or chilli or nasi lemak seems to work better.
    Lost to Thai, lost to Vietnam, Draw with Sg ……

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  • VOTE:

    Pappy govt say:

    Pay well & they will play well!

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  • China News:

    Not perfect but well enough. Team China celebrated a long-awaited World Cup qualifier win against Singapore on Tuesday to offer home fans an escape from long sufferings supporting the underachieving squad.

    Roared on by over 42,000 home fans waving red flags and clapping tirelessly, the Chinese men’s team battled through a tense first half before going all out on offense in the second half to beat Singapore 4-1 in an Asian zone qualifier for the 2026 FIFA World Cup at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin.

    The triumphant return leg of Team China’s doubleheader against Singapore has helped keep its 2026 Cup qualifying hopes alive while bringing solace to fans following last week’s disappointing 2-2 draw against the lowest-ranked Group C opponent in Singapore.

    With the precious three points earned at home, China now sits second in Group C, trailing only South Korea, who beat Thailand 3-0 on Tuesday, with a bright prospect to enter the final qualifying stage involving 18 teams.

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  • Sg News:

    The “fit” players complained other players are not fit.

    Acknowledging that the Singapore-based players are not in ideal physical condition as they are still in pre-season, Hariss believes that they can only get better from here on.

    He said: “Fitness is definitely important because of the way he wants us to play but having said that, most players are in the off-season and pre-season. We can also make better use of the ball and we can be more calm and composed. When we got to the final third, we didn’t use the ball well enough so these are aspects we can improve on.

    “It is a good start that we can build on. We need to keep improving and there is a lot more we can show.”

    Former Lion and current Geylang International head coach Noor Ali warned that the team’s high-pressing performances in the two games should serve as “wake-up calls” to certain players, as well as motivate those who want to be a part of the squad.

    “If you want to be part of the team, you have to wake up and buck up and then get fitter, stronger and faster because Ogura is all about run, run and run,” he said.

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  • dave:

    After a great performance to hold China to a 2-2 draw, Singapore continued to perform very well with a great 4-1 victory against China.

    Well done, Singapore.

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  • Football is a better choice:

    Just don’t understand why football is so fascinating!

    Nothing is produced, couldn’t quench your thirst, couldn’t fill your stomach, couldn’t cure sickness, always got physical among players, quarrel, antagonistic fans, disputes and sometimes deadly stampedes.

    It is also not cheap, huge amounts of resources are needed to train, to build up infrastructure needed for the matches etc….

    Anyone can start a new game?

    “Football “ ? …..provide for the hungry, sick and poor people around the world?

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  • Clap3:

    It’s already there. It’s called charity orgs. The glamorous ones have star performance to raise funds. Some CEOs have super high pay. They believe “charity begins at home.”

    Football is a better choice: Anyone can start a new game?

    “Football “ ? …..provide for the hungry, sick and poor people around the world?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ Just don’t understand why football is so fascinating!

    Its a sport also a biz creating jobs including betting industry !
    HK also invite Messi recently though it didnt end well.

    @ Football “ ? …..provide for the hungry, sick and poor people around the world?

    In 2020, during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic Messi made donations to hospitals in Spain and Argentina to the tune of €1 million. The foundation has also donated money to UNICEF and awards funding to research ventures as well as training programmes.

    Leo Messi has donated €3.5 Million to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria through his association!

    Friend, so how much you donate monthly or yearly. 没出钱 ? nvm. At least 出力 ? What volunteer work or foc work you done for the poor ? 先以身作则 and start from the small and minor things first.

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  • Foodball is a better choice:

    My dear, dear friend of TRE, me was actually wanted to say “ Foodball “is a better choice, somehow it became “football “ when edited by the editing authorities.

    Me think your perspective is not very accurate on the ground. Charitable organisations related to football help, but the magnitude of help showering down to people at the receiving end does not seem to have changed things around.

    On the contrary, football contributes to unequal distribution of wealth. A very wealthy football player could amass billions whereas millions of poor people couldn’t afford the ticket to gain entry to the stadium to watch the player kicks the ball around.

    In a nutshell, Foodball is much better than football.

    Clap3:
    It’s already there. It’s called charity orgs. The glamorous ones have star performance to raise funds. Some CEOs have super high pay. They believe “charity begins at home.”

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  • Simon?:

    Simon all quiet. He friends success only. A “good weather” friend.

    TRE Tech:
    Errr….

    Latest march China 4: Sinkieland 1, Simon now write simi?

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  • Relax:

    I saw a video stating that a few singapore players are not full time players, one is a full time chicken rice hawker, another one is a real estate agent, really? They played becoz of interest.

    If it’s true, then result 4:1 is considered not bad. Result 2:2 is fantastic.

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