Garena Young Lions lost 7-1 to Brunei DPMM FC in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan on Saturday night.
The duo of Rafael Ramazotti and Adi Said claimed a hat-trick each while Daud Gazale netted the other. The Young Lions pulled one back through substitute Armin Maier late in the second half.
The hosts could have gone ahead in the 26th minute with Adi’s freekick from 25 yards but the shot was tipped over by Young Lions goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad.
Brunei DPMM FC went in front just before the halftime whistle with Ramazotti’s back header off a corner bulging the net.
The Brunei side came out storming in the second half and should have doubled their lead just seconds in but Zharfan denied Ramazotti with an impressive double save.
However, Ramzotti headed home Adi’s pinpoint cross from the left in the 50th minute. Gazale then sent Adi through on goal to score three minutes later to extend the lead to 3-0 for Brunei DPMM FC.
Ramazotti completed his hat-trick the next minute with Adi’s ball falling into the middle for him to poke past Zharfan.
Gazale got on the scoresheet in the 64th minute after his shot from outside the box was deflected into goal.
The Young Lions should have pulled one back two minutes later but substitute Zulqarnaen Suzliman’s effort came off the crossbar.
Instead over at the other end, Hendra Azam’s ball sent Adi through again to see him slot it past Zharfan to make it 6-0.
The Young Lions reduced the deficit in the 76th minute with Brunei DPMM FC goalkeeper Awangku Mu’izzuddin called into action to push out Yeo Hai Ngee’s freekick but the second ball fell for Armin to score.
Adi completed the victory four minutes later after nodding home a corner at the near post for his hat-trick.
Garena Young Lions coach Vincent Subramaniam: “DPMM came out strongly in the second half. We managed to hold the game until 44 minutes then in the second half when three goals went in, the team sort of collapsed. That normally happens when you play with a lot of young players. They can’t hold that kind of game.
“When you lose 7-1, there is nothing positive to take out of the game. We just have to recover and get back into the next game starting brand new. Learn from the mistakes and try to be mentally stronger.”
Garena Young Lions: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Faizal Roslan, Shahrin Saberin, Illyas Lee (C) (Armin Maier 65′), Amirul Adli, Syahrul Sazali, Hami Syahin, Hafiz Sulaiman, Yeo Hai Ngee, Ryan Syaffiq, Jordan Chan (Zulqarnaen Suzliman 55′)