Holland hit back after training

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Kompany fine as Belgium run riot

ROUT: Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (left) being congratulated by his teammates after scoring a penalty against Andorra.
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Chiellini triple as Italy snatch victory

TOUCH AND GO: Giorgio Chiellini (above) scored three goals including an own goal.
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Singapore captain Shahril Ishak urges fans to back team

Singapore captain Shahril Ishak.

He was the MVP of Singapore’s victorious Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup campaign in 2012 and the Lions will need a repeat of his inspirational performances from that tournament in this year’s edition, which will be co-hosted by the Republic.

He scored the consolation goal for the Lions in their 2-1 loss in a friendly against Hong Kong and will be counted on to deliver a win in the second tune-up against Macau on Tuesday.

DAVID LEE chats with Singapore skipper SHAHRIL ISHAK, as the Singapore national team continue their build-up to the defence of their Asean title on home soil next month.

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Shinji to return to Dortmund

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Fanfare at Japan's arrival at Changi airport

WAITING GAME: Maiko Suzuki, with her children and friends, and Rin Tok and her two companions showing their support for Japan (above) at Changi Airport yesterday.
STAR-STRUCK: Yuto Nagatomo (above) and Keisuke Honda obliging fans with autographs, as the crowd cheer their heroes' arrival.
STAR-STRUCK: Yuto Nagatomo and Keisuke Honda (above) obliging fans with autographs, as the crowd cheer their heroes' arrival.
STAR-STRUCK: Yuto Nagatomo and Keisuke Honda obliging fans with autographs, as the crowd (above) cheer their heroes' arrival.
WAITING GAME: Maiko Suzuki (above, in blue), with her children and friends, and Rin Tok and her two companions showing their support for Japan at Changi Airport yesterday.
WAITING GAME: Maiko Suzuki, with her children and friends, and Rin Tok (third from near right) and her two companions showing their support for Japan at Changi Airport yesterday.

Their flight details to Singapore were not announced to the public, as they were hoping to slip into the country like ninjas.

But some 200 fans of the Japanese national football team turned up at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 last evening (Oct 11)  to welcome the Blue Samurai, ahead of their friendly against Brazil on Tuesday at the National Stadium.

This was despite the travelling contingent missing Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa, who showed symptoms of concussion after Japan's 1-0 win over Jamaica in Niigata on Friday.

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Tags: Japan, Singapore and brazil

Brazil flatter to deceive against lacklustre Argentina

JOY AND DESPAIR: Diego Tardelli (top) celebrates his goal with Neymar as Brazil took advantage of Lionel Messi's penalty miss.
JOY AND DESPAIR: Diego Tardelli celebrates his goal with Neymar as Brazil took advantage of Lionel Messi's (above) penalty miss.

Dunga was in the dugout. Kaka came on in the second half and a journeyman scored both goals in a pointless exhibition played miles from home.

Observers checked their watches in the final minutes. They should’ve checked their calendars.

Brazil played like it was 2009. Argentina played like they’d rather be anywhere else when the two deadly South American rivals met in a friendly in Beijing last night.

Dunga’s defensive-minded stalwarts prevailed 2-0, but their meaningless victory tested the sternest of sporting souls.

Their jersey colour still triggers subliminal images of samba, fading flickers of football artistry. But this Brazilian side are as dull as dishwater and twice as dated.

Perspective, if it were needed, came from the goalscorer Diego Tardelli, an obscure journeyman at Atletico Mineiro.

His brace were his first goals for his country. He’s 29. He’s not the future of Brazilian football.

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Instalife a year through your eyes

Sometimes it isn’t about how artily the shot is taken. Sometimes, the subject matter stands out on its own, such as this hyperrealistic painting.
This reminded me of legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous puddle shot.
The airport, a place where send-offs create a mix of happiness and sadness.
Those who get their photos featured often upload a picture of the published shot, creating a new arty image.
The use of the reflection on water creates a whole image with dual perspectives.
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What relationship workshop? He was doodling

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She left big shoes to fill

Actor taking over late actress Sally Gan's majie role in play says:

INTRICATE: (Above) The Nonya beaded slippers, worn by the cast, are sponsored by a store in Malacca. Actor Lee Yong Meng, 58, plays Ah Foon the majie, a role that veteran actress Sally Gan was celebrated for.
EMOTIONAL: Actor KT (right) reprising the role of the long-suffering Bibik Bong Neo rehearsing with Ameline Goh, who plays the daughter-in-law.
INTRICATE: The Nonya beaded slippers, worn by the cast, are sponsored by a store in Malacca. (Above) Actor Lee Yong Meng, 58, plays Ah Foon the majie, a role that veteran actress Sally Gan was celebrated for.
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