Singapore resume 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with 4-0 loss to Palestine
- Updated: June 4, 2021
RIYADH: Singapore returned to World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying action after more than 18 months on Thursday (Jun 3) with a 4-0 loss to Palestine.
The second round of joint qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China has resumed after a lengthy delay caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Palestine raced to a three-nil lead in the first half at the King Fahd International Stadium, prompting Singapore head coach Tatsuma Yoshida to make a double substitution at the break. But he admitted his match decisions had not gone the way he wanted.
“The boys tried, but in the first half, they were a bit nervous,” he said after the match.
“I am really disappointed (as) they can do more (and) that we could not show our full potential. I think if we played to our potential, maybe the result would be changed … I am very sorry for the Singapore fans.
“I feel big disappointment, big pain … But it’s not on (the players). It’s because of my management and it’s on me.”
The three goals Palestine were scored in a span of about 10 minutes and included two penalties by Tamer Seyam either side of an Oday Dabbagh strike. Yaser Hamed completed the scoresheet in the closing minutes of the game.
The result means Palestine overtake Singapore in the Group D standings on goal difference, having played a game more.