The two-time S-league champions destroy Albirex Niigata (S) 2-0 at the Jurong East Stadium and show talks that the White Swans are title contenders are premature as the Japanese outfits failed their first hurdle.
Up until now, the Japanese side have not been tested as their first two oppositions - TPUFC and Woodlands Wellington - are too weak and cannot be considered useful gauge of their strength.
Tampines Rovers was the true test and next up is no easier as it is Home United, another title contender.
Tonight though they have failed miserably as veteran Duric and Ahmad Latiff both notched goals to finish them off.
Hassan Sunny (GK), Seiji Kaneko, Benoit Croissant, Ahmad Latiff (Zahid Ahmad), Akihiro Nakamura, Shahdan Sulaiman (Aliff Shafaein), Imran Sahib, Ismadi Mukhtar, Park Yo Seb, Shukor Zailan (Jufri Taha 81’), Aleksandar Duric