DPMM FC's Rodrigo Tosi (R)
during an earlier practice
game. Tosi scored a 95th
minute equaliser to power
his team to a 1-1 draw
against Tanjong Pagar
United FC last night.
Picture: BT file
DPMM FC salvaged a point in their matchup against Tanjong Pagar United FC in the Singapore League (S-League) after Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi netted in the last minute to share the spoils for a 1-1 draw last night.
It looked like Brunei's only professional team were on their way to their fourth straight loss in the S-League before Tosi rose the highest and headed home a freekick for the equaliser in the 95th minute at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
DPMM FC head coach, Vjeran Simunic, who had to watch the second half from the stands after being sent off late in the first half, was pleased to snatch a point out of the match.
"We were playing against a very good team that can challenge for the title. I'm happy with draw because it is better than nothing as we needed points. But of course it would have been better had we gotten all three points," said Simunic in an interview with The Brunei Times after the game.
"We scored a good goal starting from a freekick. I'm happy that we managed to score against one of the best goalkeepers in the league (Aurelien Herisson)," he added.
Tanjong Pagar's Ramdel Kamdani, who was previously reported to be suspended for the match after picking up his fourth yellow card in the competition, eventually started the match.
He made himself a factor after scoring the opening goal for Tanjong Pagar in the 40th minute after firing in a freekick to beat Wardun Yussof in between the DPMM FC sticks.
DPMM FC had a rough start to the game, having lost Brazilian defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos through injury in the 10th minute.
Veteran defender Pg Sallehuddin Pg Hj Damit was sent on in his place in the 15th minute.
Simunic felt that the loss of his import player was a huge blow for the team.
"We lost Santos through a bad injury so we had to make a change early. It disrupted us as we made quite a number of mistakes," said the Croatian.
"I had also prepared the team to play against them without Kamdani having read that he wasn't playing.
"We gave away a foul from 16 metres out and he (Ramdel) scored a fantastic goal. I knew that giving away the foul would result in a goal," he added.
"But we did create a lot of chances as well but were unlucky that we couldn't score. I guess the grass was a problem but we have to start scoring," continued Simunic.
DPMM FC remain in ninth place of the 12-team table with 20 points from 17 games. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar are in third with 29 points.