Jamil's goal gives Tampines the advantage

SUPERSUB: Stags' Jamil Ali (in yellow) proves to be an invaluable matchwinner again as his goal gives Tampines a 2-1 first leg lead over Balestier in the RHB Singapore Cup semi-final.
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Japan-Brazil match ticket sales hit 38,000 mark

"There was a lot of criticism of the pitch after the Juventus game, but I think, aesthetics aside, the pitch played out well. The nature of the Desso pitch is that it provides a stable, even playing surface. The pitch is growing in, and with seven weeks (from the Juventus game) for it to mature, it should be ready." - Malcolm Thorpe.

As of yesterday, ticket sales for the highly-anticipated international friendly between Brazil and Japan at the National Stadium on Oct 14 reached the 38,000 mark.

Malcolm Thorpe, vice-president of sports development and events at World Sport Group (WSG), is confident that all 51,000 tickets for the glamour game will be sold out.

He also guarantees that the National Stadium pitch, which came under heavy criticism for its sandy condition during the Singapore Selection versus Juventus match last month - the first football match to be played at the venue - will be in top shape.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 23. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

Sunday’s Singapore Stipes’ report highlights

RACE 1: Winner’s Smile beating Red River Rock (obscured) despite being incovenienced and hanging outwards.
RACE 9: Extremely Sweet winning the race convincingly despite bumping into Doraemon during the running.
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Platoon wins at nice odds

CLOSE FINISH: Platoon (purple cap) beating Red Dawn (inside) and Titanium (blue cap) in Race 2 at Kranji on Sunday.
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Pellegrini sees stoke in Chelsea

FOUL PLAY: Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta (second from right) being shown the red card by match referee Mike Dean in the match against Chelsea. 

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Lim joins forces with Nevilles, Giggs, Scholes and Butt

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Rooney stalls midfield engine

A POOR FIT? Once a vital cog in the Red Devils’ automaton, Wayne Rooney (in red) is now showing signs of regression in the Manchester set-up.
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United and fans should stand by their van Gaal

SARCASTIC: Leicester City's mascot making a crying gesture at Manchester United fans after his team's 5-3 win on Sunday night.
Louis van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal said it would take him at least three months to whip Manchester United into shape.

What Manchester United fans are wondering now is not whether he was right to be so guarded, but if it had been too optimistic an estimate in the first place.

Old Trafford once more descended into a state of anxiety, after a 5-3 defeat by Leicester City on Sunday night in a match they twice led by two goals.

But the accusations by critics that the United manager doesn't recognise his team's defensive woes are far off the mark.

Defensive partnerships take time to develop and the backline comprising Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Tyler Blackett, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling should be given a chance to gel and build the level of understanding required at the highest level.

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Not easy to woo this shy 'hero'

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Actress Tasha Shilla: I didn't have plastic surgery

STAR: Malaysian actress Tasha Shilla stars in upcoming drama series Kasih Berbisik alongside local stars Nick Mikhail and Nurul Aini, as well as Malaysian stars Remy Ishak and Keith Foo.
SNAP AWAY: Malaysian actress Tasha Shilla taking a selfie with fans at the Kasih Berbisik promotional event at Great World City on Friday.
"I’m just sharing my experiences and it’s up to everyone else what they want to say or believe." - Tasha Shilla.

Rumours had circulated online that she had a boob job and her nose fixed.

But Malaysian beauty Tasha Shilla, 27, has come out to deny it. In fact, the thought of undergoing plastic surgery has never crossed her mind, she told The New Paper.

"I'm happy with everything that I have and everything that's happening in my life now. I appreciate them all," the actress said.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 23.

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