T-Team 1-1 Negeri Sembilan: Both teams cancelled each other out
Both teams shared the spoils as both failed to improve their respective league positions
By Prem Kumar
Faiz Subri struck a fine goal as he helped T-Team to a 1-1 draw at home against defending Malaysia Cup champions, Negeri Sembilan.
Home team’s coach, Yunus Alif surprised a few by naming captain Zairo Anuar Zalani in the first eleven only a few days after confirming he was an injury doubt.
In an uneventful first half, both teams succeeded in cancelling each other out. T-Team’s Bosnian import, Bojan Petric kept close tabs on Negeri Sembilan’s danger man Jean Effa Owona, who grew clealrly frustrated as the game went on. The end of season mood was obviously visible among the players who looked like they lacked the cutting edge and the game suffered as a result. Although both sides possessed some former and current national players, there was an evident lack of quality in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half proved to be much better and the game sprang to life when Negeri took the lead 8 minutes into it through Owona, who scored with a brilliant piece of improvisation following a neat chest-down.
In an attempt to change their fortunes, Yunus sent Badrul Hisani on for the unproductive Zharif Hasna. Badrul made an instant impact with a good diagonal pass on 62 minutes, picking out Faiz Subri who took one touch before firing in with his left foot.
Former national goalkeeper Syamsuri Mustafa could have become his team’s villain when he switched off for a while and caught a back pass from Shahril Faizal. He however, managed to redeem himself with a save from the resulting free-kick, drilled in by Owona.
Back up the other end, Faiz almost stole the winner in the 78th minute after a through ball from Azrul Hazran but his effort flashed just wide past Farizal Marlias’ goal. That became the last notable action of the game as both teams settled for a point each.
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