DPMM FC's Rodrigo Tosi (R) in action during an earlier game. Tosi scored in the 90th minute to power DPMM FC to a 2-2 draw against Harimau Muda at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor, Malaysia yesterday. BT file
DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Kamis (L) in action during an earlier Singapore League match. Rosmin scored a goal yesterday to help power DPMM FC to a 2-2 draw against Harimau Muda. BT file
Rodrigo Tosi scored a late goal as 10-man DPMM FC held Harimau Muda 2-2 in the Singapore League (S-League) match at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor, Malaysia yesterday.
DPMM FC were reduced to 10 players after the sending off of goalkeeper Wardun Yussof in the 16th minute of the first half.
Brunei's only professional club looked destined to return home empty handed until Tosi scored in the 90th minute to salvage a point.
"Credit to all my teammates, they worked very hard in the game to get the result and they showed great character," said DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Kamis in a phone interview with The Brunei Times last night.
"Wardun was very unlucky to receive the red card with the 50-50 challenge, but substitute goalkeeper Azman Ilham did a very good job in the game,"
"It was a hard-fought match and it was not easy playing with 10 men but we managed to fight and get one point tonight," he said.
Warriors lost 2-1 to Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore in the other match last night.
"We want to finish at the top of the bottom-half table, but it will be a 50-50 chance with the Warriors having the advantage in goal difference over us," said Rosmin.
DPMM FC are currently in seventh place with 34 points and will be hoping that bottom-half table leaders Warriors - also on 34 points - slip up in their last match against Harimau Muda.
DPMM FC meanwhile, will host Geylang International in their final match of the season on Wednesday .
Misery continues for Harimau Muda as they have yet to pick up a win in the league's half-round leg, recording two draws and two losses.
They currently sit second from bottom in the table with 29 points to their name.
Striker Shahrazen Said and defender Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir were the notable absences in the line-up after the duo picked up yellow cards in their previous matches.
DPMM FC coach Vjeran Simunic opted for youngsters Adi Said and Azwan Ali Rahman in the attack with Tosi operating behind the two forwards.
Harimau Muda broke the deadlock in the 50th minute in the second-half via Asyraf Talib.
Their jubilation was short lived as Rosmin put DPMM FC level twelve minutes later in the 62nd minute.
The skipper would latch onto a ball from midfielder Tosi just outside the penalty box before lobbing the ball over Harimau Muda goalkeeper Ilham Amirullah.
Akhmal Ishak would put Harimau Muda in the lead once again in the 83rd minute.
The Brunei side were pushing forward in the final remaining minutes and Tosi would deny Harimau Muda the three points when he volleyed Azwan Ali's corner from the left in the dying minute.
Brazilian midfielder Tosi has enjoyed a hot run of form lately finding the back of the net five times in the last five games for DPMM FC.