The Cheetahs are up against the Swans in the final game of the season. Albirex Niigata need to win or avoid defeat in this match, dependent on Tampines Rovers and Geylang International in the other game to win this season’s championship.
Just like against Tanjong Pagar United three days ago, Albirex had issues breaking down a stubborn opponent as Hougang put up some enterprising stuff despite coming into this game with nothing to play for.
Farhan Zulkifli contrived to fire wide after rounding Kei Okawa, while Shawal Anuar brought the best out of the Albirex custodian with a curling shot from the edge of the box.
The White Swans remained patient and got the breakthrough just after the break. Sharp to intercept Nazrul Nazari’s loose clearance, Tomoyuki Doi proceeded to tee up Taniguchi for a sizzling first-time finish from 10 yards out. Keiji Shigetomi’s men never relinquished the lead as they went on to reclaim the crown that they won from 2016 to 2018.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 5 December 2020, Saturday
Stadium: Hougang Stadium
Half-time: Hougang United 0-0 Albirex Niigata
Full-time: Hougang United 0-1 Albirex Niigata
Hougang United: –
Albirex Niigata: R.Taniguchi 53′
Photography: Football Association of Singapore