Hosts Singapore clash with an already eliminated Timor-Leste side at the National Stadium tomorrow knowing that a win would all but assure them of a spot in the semi-finals for the first time since 2012.

Wins against Myanmar and the Philippines have put the Lions in a strong position, with coach Tatsuma Yoshida saying he feels his team is performing only at 70-80% of their potential and wants to improve that tomorrow.

“We’ve had a good rest which is important so we want to make sure that we don’t drop our momentum," said the Japanese tactician. 

“In terms of results we’re 100% but based on our potential I’d say we’re at 70% or 80% but definitely with room for improvement.”

Yoshida said he would consider rotating his squad depending on certain factors whilst also confirming that he has lost a key forward for the tournament through injury.

“Unfortunately we have lost Gabriel Quak as he will have surgery for an injury and that is so disappointing because he’s an important player for us but otherwise I will select the best players that are available and in the best condition.”

Timor-Leste, meanwhile, will be playing their final match in a tournament that has been largely about growth and development.

Coach Fabio Maciel said though that his team can now play with freedom and that they’re looking to cause an upset tomorrow.

“In football anything is possible and we want to keep playing good football and erase the memories of the last match.

“This game is about honour for the country, showing our commitment and making a good impression whilst also playing a fantastic game and for sure maybe we can cause a surprise and win this game.”