SINGAPORE, March 26 (Reuters) - Singapore comfortably beat Lebanon 2-0 to pick up the first three points of their Asian World Cup third round qualifying campaign on Wednesday.
The city-state's 37-year-old striker Aleksander Duric, who
scored twice on his debut in the 3-1 second stage aggregate
victory over Tajikistan, opened the scoring in the seventh
minute after capitalising on some poor Lebanese defending.
Midfielder Fazrul Nawaz then doubled the home side's
advantage, effectively sealing the game after 24 minutes.
Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic praised Bosnian-born
Duric, who was called-up to the national squad late last year
after becoming a Singapore citizen.
'He was running hard in the first half and then in the
second half he was playing more in midfield, I think he has done
really well for us,' Avramovic told reporters.
Lebanon's coach Emile Rustom, who was missing four
first-team players including Cologne midfielder Roda Antar,
bemoaned his selection problems.
'It was expected. Lebanon were missing four key players, you
can imagine Singapore without four players,' he said.
Singapore move to second in Group 4, level on points with
Saudi Arabia whom they lost to in February and three points
behind leaders Uzbekistan. Lebanon remain bottom without a