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Clinical Oman swat Singapore
August 15, 2013 , 10 : 51 am GST
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CELEBRATION: Eid Al Farsi of Oman, centre, celebrates after scoring against Singapore. Photo – Reuters
: Oman swatted aside a tentative Singapore 2-0 yesterday to make it two wins from two as they went top of Group A in Asian Cup qualifying.
Singapore, under the guidance of new coach Bernd Stange, dominated possession in the first half but offered little in attack with Paul Le Guen's side proving clinical with their few chances.
Qasim Said eased past a static home defence to fire Oman into a 15th-minute lead with his fellow midfielder Eid Al-Farsi blasting a low drilled shot from 22 metres to double the advantage on the stroke of halftime.
The home side wilted in the second half with Oman guilty of wasting several chances to improve their goal difference in the four-team group, also featuring Syria and Jordan, where two sides will qualify for the finals in Australia in 2015.
"I think we did the job, it was vital to win and we did it," Le Guen, who had been concerned before the game that his players would still be feeling the effects of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadam which ended last week, told reporters. "During the first half we were average, not many chances but efficient.
"I was afraid of the context, the artificial pitch. But we prepared well ... the players accepted to leave Oman before Eid which is not easy for them and I want to thank them for the effort."
Strange while conceding the defeat, praised the Omani players for their positive temperament.
"They (Oman) deserved to win this match. They were dominating from the start of the match and had put immense pressure on my boys. I think they have played a fantastic game and it wouldn't be a surprise if they march on to Asia Cup," said Stange who also previously coached Oman for a brief period. Stange took over the Southeast Asian champions in May as he extended a globe-trotting career which has included stints with his native East Germany and Iraq.
"We enjoyed lot of possession but the next step is to play a more aggressive attacking game. I am not disappointed with our performance but Oman were physically stronger."
Singapore's next assignment is against Syria in October.
"That is going to be a crucial game for us. We need to learn from the mistakes we have made in this match and need to solve those before taking on Syria. I think it is going to be a tough match as well," Stange added.
The teams are back in Asian Cup qualifying action in October along with the other 16 sides trying to reach the finals in Australia where the hosts, holders Japan and South and North Korea all have places and do not need to qualify.
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