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January 9, 2013 8:45 PM MYT
Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman — Seremban
 
 
S. Ishak 67′

ATM 0-1 LionsXII: Shahril Ishak gets visitors off to winning start

The LionsXII managed to hang on to Shahril Ishak's goal and avenged their FA Cup exit to ATM last season with a 1-0 victory in the first match of the MSL 2013 campaign

Shahril Ishak, LionsXII vs Terengganu, MSL
Zeng Liwei
By Kenneth Ho

LionsXII managed to nick a 1-0 win over ATM FA at the Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman in their opening match of the 2013 Malaysia Super League [MSL] on Wednesday evening.

Fielding a relatively new-look squad, the visitors' young squad was put under pressure from the start.

As early as the first minute, Shukor Adan's bullet header towards the top corner was superbly saved by Izwan Mahbud.

LionsXII captain Shahril Ishak then went on a bamboozling run down the right to create time and space for himself, but his low shot was parried away by Mohammad Farizal.

ATM continued to push forward, with Marlon James leading the line.

The forward first stung Izwan’s hand with a powerful drive in the 20th minute before the best chance of the first-half fell to him when he timed his run to get behind LionsXII defender Shakir Hamzah. Unfortunately, the 36-year-old thumped his effort into the side-netting.

LionsXII were given a scare right after the restart when ATM’s skipper Hairuddin Omar cushioned the ball with his chest before volleying it against the crossbar.

In the 54th minute, James continued his profligate performance as he failed to connect with a Bruno Martelotto cross from three yards out.

The visitors then went head against the run of play in the 66th minute through Shahril. A corner fell to Shakir, who fired the ball in that Farizal could only manage to palm into Shahril’s path, leaving him with an easy finish to put the LionsXII 1-0 up.

It was a nervy last ten minutes for the LionsXII as Izwan then had to make a few crucial saves, including keeping out a flick from Hairuddin in the 82th minute.

LionsXII nearly got a second when ATM poured forward in search of an equaliser deep in injury time, but Irwan Shah could only direct his shot wide after being put through by Shahril.

However, his miss did not matter as the LionsXII held on to their lead and a first victory in the 2013 MSL season.



ATM FA

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21
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2
K. Reuben
Defender
 - 
23
 - 
10
 - 
17
Venice Elphi
Midfielder
 - 
18
Fitree Omar
Midfielder
 - 
20
 - 
9
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LionsXII

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1
Izwan Mahbud
Goalkeeper
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19
Irwan Shah
Defender
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5
 - 
2
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11
Nazrul Nazari
Midfielder
55′
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4
Isa Halim
Midfielder
 - 
8
Hafiz Sujad
Midfielder
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28
 - 
17
S. Ishak
Striker
67′ 94′
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12

Substitutes

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A. Varathan
Defender
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Substitutes

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7
Gabriel Quak
Midfielder
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11
Izzdin Shafiq
Midfielder
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16
Raihan Rahman
Midfielder
92′
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5
 - 
12

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Paulo Rangel Paulo Rangel
Striker
Selangor
11 2
Luciano Figueroa Luciano Figueroa
Striker
JDT
5 0
Juan Arostegui Juan Arostegui
Striker
ATM
5 0
Khairul Amri Khairul Amri
Striker
LionsXII
5 0
Matías Conti Matías Conti
Striker
Pahang
5 0