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  • July 7, 2012
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV, Kota Bharu
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Kelantan 6-0 Perak: The Red Warriors demolished Perak to complete the double!

Kelantan 6-0 Perak: The Red Warriors demolished Perak to complete the double!

Zeng Liwei

Goals galore in Kota Bharu as Kelantan demolished Perak 6-0 to lift the 2012 Malaysia Super League Title.

There were goals galore in Kota Bharu as Kelantan demolished Perak 6-0 to lift the 2012 Malaysia Super League Title. Indraputra Mahyudin grabbed headlines as the Man of the Match as he bagged a hatrick in helping The Red Warriors to destroy Perak's dream to stay in third place. Mohd Ghaddar, Badhri Radzi and Nurul Azwan Roya were also on the scoresheet in a game largely dominated by Kelantan.

The match was balanced as both teams launched several attacks in the opening stages. However, Kelantan’s forward line looked more dangerous, highlighted by Nurul Azwan's shot in the sixth minute which was saved by Perak goalkeeper Nasril Nordin. In the 12th minute, Nasril made a mistake that almost gave Kelantan the opportunity to score the first goal, however quick defensive work by Perak’s last man ensured that the score stayed still level.

Indraputra Mahyudin started the flurry of goals in the 17th minute with a wonderful shot that beat Nasril to give Kelantan the lead after the Kelantan midfield had displayed great footwork to create the chance.  Just two minutes later, Mohd Ghaddar once again shocked Perak as tucked the ball home after a fantastic team move by Kelantan which was topped of by Indraputra's cross to Ghaddar.
 
Surprised by the the goals, Perak launched several quick counter attacks to try and trouble Kelantan's defence which was being marshalled by the national goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.  However it was a counter attack by Kelantan following a mistake by one of the Perak forwards which led to the third goal in the 22nd minute.  The Kelantan backline quickly turned attack into defence with Nurul Azwan Roya's angled cross setting up Kelantan skipper, Mohd Badhri Radzi, to put the ball past Nasril Nordin for the third time to put the Red Warriors 3-0 ahead.
 
Kelantan didn't look back and began to take control of the midfield with sharp passing and tireless work off the ball which put Perak under immense pressure.  In the 30th minute, Indraputra scored his second goal of the match when he headed home a good ball by Badhri Radzi.
 
Perak still managed to create several chances; Kelantan keeper Khairul Fahm was forced into a fingertip save from Michal Kubala's 30-yard freekick, Fahmi then had to be alert to save Akmal Rizal Rakhli's follow-up effort which was volleyed straight at the goalkeeper.

Nurul Azwan Roya, the former Johor FC player, put Kelantan five goals ahead following another great move by The Red Warriors.  Special credit should be given to Indraputra Mahyudin as it was his expert pass which set up the chance for Nurul Azwan and allowed him to put his name on the scoresheet.  

A moment of controversy occurred in first half injury time when a red card was given to Perak’s captain, Shahrul Nizam Mustapha, as he made an unprofessional foul on Kelantan’s Mohd Ghaddar, leaving Perak 5-0 down at the interval and down to ten men.

The second half started off with changes to both teams. Kelantan's prolific striker, Norshshrul Idlan Talaha entered the fray while Perak brought on youth goalkeeper, Kamarul Affendi.

Kelantan began the second half playing at a slower tempo. However, that did not stop Indraputra Mahyudin from completing his hat-trick in the 48th minute as Kelantan displayed their own form of tiki-taka in front of Perak’s goalkeeper.

The game rapdily slowed down after the sixth goal and Perak's last line of defence produced a resolute display to keep the score down to six. Perak had a good chance to snatch a consolation goal, however Albert Bodjongo was denied by Khairul Fahmi.

The Red Warriors boss, Bojan Hodak was understandably delighted with the result. When asked about Indraputra's performance, he proudly stated that Indraputra Mahyudin is the best player in Malaysia in the past ten years.

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