In a game where they were content to soak and strike, Hougang’s tactics almost worked a treat as centre-back Aplin nodded in a shock opener off Kaishu Yamazaki’s deep free-kick into the area.
The Sailors rallied late on and salvaged a point, with Plazibat heading home the equaliser against his former employers after great work down the right by substitute Hafiz Nor.
They came close to taking all three, only for Izwan Mahbud to produce a brilliant stop and then Nazrul Nazari following up with a goal-line clearance deep into injury time.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 27 Aug 2021, Friday
Stadium: Jalan Besar Stadium
Half-time: Lion City Sailors 0-0 Hougang United
Full-time: Lion City Sailors 1-1 Hougang United
Lion City Sailors: Stipe Plazibat 75′
Hougang United: Anders Aplin 51′
Photography: Haiqal Tahir