02 December 2012 01:30 | By Tan Thiam Peng, xinmsn Sports editor
PHOTOS: Lions back from the dead

Singapore staged a remarkable comeback after being stunned by minnows Laos' two goals



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Singapore edged regional minnows Laos in a seven-goal encounter after falling to an unexpected two-goal deficit.

The 4-3 victory ensured a topsy-turvy evening ended happy for the Lions, who finished top of Group B and will now face the Philippines in the semi-finals.

Laos stunned their more illustrious opponents in the opening period through goals by Khampheng Sayavutthi and Keoviengpheth Lithideth, but Shahril Ishak pulled one back to ensure Singapore were still in with a shout.

The captain continued to be his team’s talisman by grabbing the equalizer eight minutes after the break.

By then the Laotians were surrendering and soon Khairul Amri whipped in an unstoppable free-kick before stand-in forward Fazrul Nawaz headed in the fourth.

Khampeng slotted home a penalty in the 81st minute to narrow the gap to finish a game Singapore clearly dominated in the height department.

Elsewhere, Malaysia beat Indonesia 2-0 to take second spot, despite a comprehensive 3-0 loss to the Lions last Sunday.

Click on for pictures of Singapore's 4-3 win.

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