Alex Ferguson wrote of his disbelief when Chelsea’s skipper and talisman, John Terry, slipped on the artificial pitch as he struck the penalty that would have won the Champions League title for the London side.
It was May 21, 2008 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, and Terry’s shot went wide off the post to give Manchester United a lifeline in the final, which they took, eventually winning 6-5 to leave Terry a sobbing wreck.
A footballer will not suffer such a misfortune at Singapore’s new National Stadium – at least not because of a problem with the playing surface.
The first in Asia to use the reinforced grass of the Desso GrassMaster, the pitch at the 55,000-capacity stadium will have good traction, modifiable levels of hardness and ball bounce on a surface that will stay consistently playable despite facing an already hectic year’s schedule of around 90 events.
More in The New Paper on Thursday (May 22).