Albirex recovered from last week’s defeat to Tanjong Pagar in style and it all began with Kunimoto nodding home Tezuka’s inswinging corner after just 66 seconds.
The centre-back repeated the trick late into the second half to put the White Swans two up, before Takahashi inadvertently turned home Shahfiq Ghani’s free kick to give Hougang a lifeline. But Keiji Shigetomo’s men would go on to seal the victory, with Hanada emphatically volleying home Ryosuke Nagasawa’s cross before turning provider for Tezuka to apply the finishing touch.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 13 Aug 2021, Friday
Stadium: Jurong East Stadium
Half-time: Albirex Niigata 1-0 Hougang United
Full-time: Albirex Niigata 0-1 Hougang United
Albirex Niigata: Reo Kunimoto 2′, 78′, Yasuhiro Hanada 89′, Takahiro Tezuka 90+1′
Hougang United: Makahiro Takahashi 81′ (OG)
Photography: Haiqal Tahir