Hard man Hariss shines

Hard man Hariss shines
Hariss Harun

Hariss Harun's eye-catching pass may have led to Gabriel Quak's second goal in Singapore's 2-1 Asian Cup qualifier victory over Syria last night.

But it was his tigerish display in the middle of the park that made Mark Richmond, who commentated on the live telecast of the encounter, name the Lions vice-captain his Man of the Match.

Said Richmond: "In the heat of the battle you need someone to be a steadying influence in the middle and he was that. "In the first half, he lost his way a little going forward but dropped back in the second half when Baihakki (Khaizan) and Safuwan (Baharudin) needed more cover.

"He never stopped running and even provided Gabriel with the assist," added Richmond, whose co-commentator Jamie Reeves also chose the 22-year-old as his stand-out player.

Richmond added: "If he improves on his shooting, he will be the most complete player in South-east Asia in his age-group."

Syria coach Anas Makhlouf acknowledged that substitute Quak's goal killed off the team's chances of winning at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

He said: "The second goal made it very difficult for us to come back, with little time left."

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