In a game that they dominated but were continually frustrated by a combination of some desperate defending, great goalkeeping and the woodwork, the Sailors eked out a win courtesy of a moment of brilliance from star signing Lopes.
Receiving the ball from a Faris Ramli throw-in, the former Rio Ave midfielder produced an audacious volley from the edge of the area that arched over a bemused Ridhuan Barudin before nestling into the bottom right corner for an incredible match-winning strike.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 24 April 2021, Saturday
Stadium: Hougang Stadium
Half-time: Hougang United 0-0 Lion City Sailors
Full-time: Hougang United 0-1 Lion City Sailors
Hougang United: –
Lion City Sailors: Diego Lopes 69′
Photography: Haiqal Tahir