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Super League

  • January 17, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Darulmakmur, Kuantan

Live Commentary

  • Well, this has been a good game but I have to go now. My name is Teng Kiat once again, and good night til the next time!
  • It wasn't a poor performance and they arguably deserved extra time at least, but the LionsXII's lack of a clinical finisher cost them in the end. Still, there are positives for Fandi to pick from and he will be confident ahead of their next game against KL DRB Hicom at Bishan Stadium on Tuesday.
  • The LionsXII are off to a losing start in Fandi's first game in charge, with Pahang also taking three points as the match doubles up as the first MSL game.
  • 90' + 3'
    FULL-TIME!! Pahang are the 2014 Malaysian Charity Shield winners!
  • 90'
    We are into time added on now. Three, to be exact. Can the LionsXII force extra time?
  • 86'
    SubstitutionAzamuddin Akil Jalaluddin Jaafar
    A defender on for a striker as Pahang shut up shop.
  • 85'
    It's three at the back for the LionsXII as they seek the equaliser. Five minutes plus added time.
  • 84'
    Conti bursts into the box from the right but blazes his shot well over! That was the chance for Pahang to seal the game.
  • 81'
    Afiq Yunos does brilliantly to head the shot off the line after Conti had rounded Izwan!
  • 79'
    SubstitutionIsa Halim Aqhari Abdullah
    Last roll of the dice from Fandi, who takes off Isa for the more offensive-minded Aqhari.
  • 78'
    Shakir chests a cross back to Izwan, who was caught flat-footed and could only pray as the ball bobbled past the post. Close shave again for the left-back.
  • 77'
    Third corner for the LionsXII. About 15 minutes for them to salvage the game now.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionMalik Mat Ariff Faizol Hussien
  • 68'
    Faris crosses from the left and it's deflected to Nazrul, whose left-footed volley first-time was unconvincing and straight at Khairul. Another chance gone begging.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Z. Arifin
    The midfielder is booked for an altercation with Gopinathan, who was speeding away down the left.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionKhairul Amri Nazrul Nazari
    Nazrul comes on for Amri, who has not been at his sharpest.
  • 61'
    Safuwan sneaks in at the back post to meet Zulfahmi's free-kick but blazes it over the bar from six yards! Superb chance there.
  • 57'
    A slip on the left from Shakir let in Abdul Malik, whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Izwan. But the ball rebounded straight into the centre for the onrushing Conti, who stroked it beyond Faritz into the corner. Izwan will feel hard done by that, but Conti has done really well since coming on.
  • 56'
    Goal Matías Conti
    Denied earlier by Izwan, this time the Argentine striker makes no mistake as he squeezes in the rebound into the corner after Izwan did superbly to deny Abdul Malik.
  • 56'
  • 54'
    Right place, right time from Izwan as his legs get in the way of Conti's header. The striker must have thought he had given Pahang the lead.
  • 53'
    WHAT A SAVE!! Izwan does brilliantly to block a goal-bound header from Conti from close range!!
  • 52'
    Amazingly, it has taken the LionsXII 52 minutes to get their first corner of the game.
  • 47'
    Another good chance for Sufian, but he heads well over from Zulfahmi's free-kick!!
  • 46'
    The second half resumes. Will we see a winner in normal time?
  • 45'
    SubstitutionGabriel Quak Faris Ramli
    A like-for-like swop. Can Faris make an impact?
  • And both teams go in goal-less at half-time, although the game has certainly not been short on entertainment value. Chances at both ends, but perhaps rustiness in the first game of the season. Fandi will be pleased at how his team have held their own.
  • 45'
  • 44'
    Shakir has a go from 30 yards but it's easily held by Khairul.
  • 43'
    A cross from Faritz falls to Hafiz on the left but his volley is well-blocked! That was on target.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card Isa Halim
    Azidan is brought down by Isa, who gets the game's first booking.
  • 38'
    Now Sufian wastes a good chance from close range. The LionsXII are doing well at the moment.
  • 34'
    Gabriel shimmies into the box down the right but the ball from the byline is not good enough. The winger has to do more of that to give the LionsXII an attacking outlet.
  • 33'
    Let-off for LionsXII!! Conti flicks on a corner at the near post to Stewart, who sidefoots the ball over from six yards at the far post! The defender should have buried that.
  • 32'
    Now Izwan is called into action again, this time to deny Shakir from heading in an own goal!
  • 31'
    Then straight down the other end, Izwan makes a superb stop as well to deny Azamuddin!
  • 30'
    What a chance for Amri!! Sufian plays him in on the left of the box and the striker's first touch is good, but Khairul denies him at the near post!
  • 28'
    Pahang have regained control of the game now as they keep the ball and probe for holes in the LionsXII back-line.
  • 26'
    Azamuddin plays a lovely one-two with Azidan but his first-time shot from the left is straight at Izwan! Could see what the striker was trying to do - place it into the far corner. Great play from Pahang!
  • 23'
    The half-cleared corner is put back into the box and Conti acrobatically bicycle-kicks it across the box, but Stewart can't get a touch on it!
  • 21'
    What did I say earlier? Gopinathan blazes down the left wing from inside his own half, burning two defenders on the way but fails to put in the cross early. Still, he's won a corner.
  • 20'
    The atmosphere sounds cracking, by the way. Credit to the Pahang supporters for filling up the stadium.
  • 15'
    SubstitutionDickson Nwakaeme Matías Conti
  • 14'
    Matias Conti will replace Nwakaeme, whose debut is brought to an end by a hamstring injury. He must be disappointed.
  • 12'
    Azidan whips in a good free-kick and Stewart heads well over. Good attempt. Pahang look like they can be dangerous at set-pieces with Azidan's deliveries and the likes of Stewart and Nwakaeme.
  • 11'
    Gopinathan could be a real threat down the left for Pahang with his speed. LionsXII have to get on the ball and build.
  • 7'
    Now Sufian mishits his shot on the turn in the six yard box! Should have done better.
  • 6'
    Pahang goalkeeper Khairl Azhan comes out well to snatch a flick-off from Safuwan's head!
  • 4'
    It's still early, but it looks like Pahang will dominate possession. The bright yellow shirts are swarming all over the LionsXII here.
  • 1'
    Less than 30 seconds in and Dickson Nwakaeme barges into the box from the left, but fails to pick out a final pass!!
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF!! Here we go!!
  • Isa will captain the LionsXII tonight as they don their bright blue away jersey. The teams are out and kick-off is not too far away!
  • Here it is

    LionsXII: Izwan; Faritz, Safuwan, Afiq, Shakir; Isa (C), Zulfahmi, Hafiz; Amri, Quak, Sufian.

    Bench: Qadir, Faliq, Syafiq, Nazrul, Faris, Aqhari, Raihan.
  • I have the line-ups, which will be coming right up!
  • Personally, I reckon it will be a tough season for them. The squad depth could be a problem as well. Although make no mistake, I do hope Fandi does well. What do you think? Can they win tonight? I am going for a 2-1 Pahang victory. You can tweet me at @tengkiat!
  • But stars like Shahril, Baihakki and Hariss have all left and the LionsXII side now is rather inexperienced. Fandi has experience with youth and his mere presence will be inspiration to the squad, but will it be enough? Can he lead them to a top-three finish, never mind defend their MSL crown?
  • The question on everybody's minds, of course, is: Can Fandi Ahmad win? The Singapore legend was appointed the successor to Sundram late last year and really, it couldn't have been anyone else.
  • Hello everyone, welcome to the first LIVE commentary of the new Malaysian Super League season! I am Teng Kiat and tonight, I will bring you updates of the big clash between the LionsXII and Pahang FA!