Selangor completed their AFC Cup Group F fixture by securing a win against a listless Maziya side
BY OOI KIN FAI Follow on Twitter
It was a dead rubber game at Shah Alam Stadium and the manner in which the teams played showed as much. Selangor and Maziya are both out of the reckoning to qualify to the knock-out stage of the AFC Cup after producing dismal performances against the other two teams in the group. Of the two, Selangor were the one taking the match more lightly than their opponent. 7 changes were made from the side that started against Lions XII at the weekend.
It was obvious that the multiple change affected Selangor as Maziya piled on the pressure right from the start. It took them only 10 minutes to break the deadlock. A wonderful counter attacking move that started with Abu Desmond playing a superb through ball to Nashid Ahmed on the right. Azmi Muslim did not track the runner the space opened up for Maziya. Nashid eventually squared the ball onto the path of Abdulla Sadhulla to tap home the opening goal.
After dominating the early period of the first half, Maziya dropped off the pace. Even their right winger, Nashid was in some kind of discomfort and had to be taken off in the 29th minute. The Red Giants grew into the game and started to cause trouble to Maziya’s goal, mainly through crosses and set pieces.
Afiq Azmi had two headers which failed to hit the target but his strike partner, Paulo Rangel did not disappoint. In the 32nd minute, the Brazilian placed a glancing header beyond the reach of Imran Mohamed in Maziya’s goal, despite being sandwiched between two Maziya markers. 1-1 at the break is a fair reflection of the game that both teams took turns to impress.
Mehmet Durakovic sent his boys out for the second half with a different attitude. Suddenly Selangor were quicker to the second balls and were not giving Maziya the chance to roam as much as they did in the first half. With the increasing amount of possession, it was only a matter of time before the home side find the next goal in the game. Maziya’s cause was not helped by the substitution of defensive stalwart, Zhivko Dinev.
Rangel grabbed his second goal of night in the 62nd minute when Afiq skipped past Imran Ali on the left hand side before laying the ball on a plate for his strike partner to tap in. Not often used this season, Afiq had showed plenty of industry and high work rate, sometimes dropping into midfield and out wide to help out his team.
In the 79th minute, Rangel completed his second hattrick in the AFC Cup, this time benefiting off an error from Maziya’s player. Baka’s back pass option was a poor one, not noticing the presence of Rangel, who lapped up the chance to sidefoot the ball past Imran for the third time in the match. To capped off a good albeit immaterial result for Selangor, Azmi Muslim scored from the freekick just 3 minutes later to make it 4-1 to Selangor.
Maziya offered very little going forward in the second half of the match. Selangor once again proved that they are quite formidable at one. This, their 2nd win out of 3 matches at home. The opening draw against Arema was the only match in which Selangor didn’t capture full points when playing on home soil. Away form is one area where Selangor has to improve if they want to return to this competition and do better than this season.