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The brand new Singapore Premier League logo facing the field of players during the Community Shield match. Photo by Lim Sau Boon/SportSG news

Albirex Niigata lifts the Great Eastern Community Shield again

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Albirex Niigata edged out Tampines Rovers 2-1 at the National Stadium on 31 March 2018 during the 2018 Great Eastern Community Shield to emerge as winners of the season opener once again.

 

With the opening fixture showcasing the new Singapore Premier League logo as the backdrop of the stadium, spirits were high during the game. Taku Morinaga scored a penalty in the 59th minute while Mustafic Fahrudin managed to equalise with a thumping header in the 77th minute. However, Tampines Rovers were unable to overcome Albirex Niigata when Shuhei Hoshino scored their second goal in the last minute, ensuring that they retain the Community Shield for the third year running.  

  

Here are the highlights of the match: 

Goalkeeper, Yohsuke Nozawa of Albirex Niigata FC carrying one of the player escorts to enter the pitch. Photo by David Chua/SportSG  

Albirex Niigata goalkeeper, Yohsuke Nozawa, carrying a player mascot. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Tampines Rovers FC Team pose for a group picture prior to the commencement of the Community Shield match on 31 Mar 2018. Photo by David Chua/SportSG   

Tampines Rovers FC pose for a group picture prior to the commencement of the match. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

A giant Singapore flag acts as a backdrop for the match. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Players in action with a giant Singapore flag in the background. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Fahrudin Mustafic of Tampines Rovers FC and Shuhei Hoshino of Albirex Niigata FC (S) in pursuit of the ball. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Tampines Rovers' Fahrudin Mustafic and Shuhei Hoshino of Albirex Niigata FC pursuing the ball. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Albirex Niigata FC (S) Players celebrate after scoring the second goal, sealing their champions title for the 3rd year in a row. Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Albirex Niigata players celebrate after scoring their second goal, which proved to be decisive Photo by David Chua/SportSG

Albirex Niigata goalkeeper Yohsuke Nozawa dives in vain to prevent the Tampines Rovers from equalizing the score. Photo by Lim Sau Boon/SportSG 

Albirex Niigata goalkeeper, Yohsuke Nozawa, dives in vain and can only watch as the ball flies into the net. Photo by Lim Sau Boon/SportSG

 

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