SINGAPORE, June 14 (World Cup Qualifying) - Saudi Arabia eased past Singapore at the National Stadium on Saturday as a goal in each half advanced them to the final round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.
Abdoh Autef opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Ahmed Al Fraidi secured the points 14 minutes from time.
Nasser Al Johar's side could even have added more for their tally had it not been for the virtuoso performance of Singapore stopper Hassan Sunny.
After the hosts has squandered an early chance to take the lead through Khairul Amri, who shot straight at goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah, Saudi Arabia began to take control of the game.
Still it took them 35 minutes to take the lead, when Saad Al Harthi's quick thinking meant he could pick out Autef in the box to fire the ball across keeper Hassan and into the bottom corner of the goal.
Malek Maaz nearly made it 2-0 before the break when he found himself clean through on goal but failed to beat Sunny.
The visitors continued to dominate in the second half. A mistake from Baihakki Khaizan gave Maaz another chance on the hour mark but he could not make space for the shot.
Still Saudi Arabia made their lead safe in the 76th minute when poor Singaporean defending allowed Al Fraidi the space and time to fire a shot into the far corner with a low drive.
Singapore could have pulled a goal back late on but Shahril Ishak somehow fired high from six yards out, but Saudi Arabia were suffered little else as they hung on to the victory to end Singapore's failing hopes of qualification.