Facing the league leaders in home soil, the home side could have thrown a spanner in Albirex’s works when they led at the break through Kishson’s close-range shot, which creeped inside Takahiro Koga’s near post.
However, the White Swans showed their class in the second half to turn things around. Former Japan youth international Kondo clipped a deft finish past Izwan Mahbud, before substitute Tezuka produced a stupendous chip that went in off the bar to maintain the champions’ unbeaten start to the season.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 30 July 2021, Friday
Stadium: Hougang Stadium
Half-time: Hougang United 1-0 Albirex Niigata
Full-time: Hougang United 1-2 Albirex Niigata
Hougang United: Kishson Philip 29′
Albirex Niigata: Kuraba Kondo 51′, Takahiro Tezuka 65′
Photography: Haiqal Tahir