| SINGAPORE (22 August 2010) – The Singapore national team fell to a narrow 1-0 loss to the Serbian XI at the BG Sport Centre Kovolovo in their first friendly match in Belgrade.
Following a first half deadlock, the Serbs capitalized on a defensive mistake in the Lions’ backline to slot in a corner in the 62nd minute for the only goal in the game.
The visiting Singapore side then dominated the second half, controlling possession but created few definite scoring opportunities.
“Some of these players will form the nucleus of the Serbian national team in the future but we showed that we could match them in every department. We passed well and were able to cope with the pressure” said Eugene Loo, the Singapore national team manager.
The Lions will face FK Vojvodina Novi Sad, who finished fifth in the Serbian SuperLiga last season, tomorrow to be followed by another gruelling clash with sixth-placed finishers FK Jagodina in three days later.