Selangor keep pace with league leaders Pahang with slim win over LionsXII
BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Selangor drew first blood inside the first two minutes when S Kunalan cut inside after a run down the right touch, but his attempt was rushed and went over the bar.
Three minutes later it was Thamil Arasu's turn for a chance when he was released by a through pass, but his run towards the goal was too slow, and he was tackled cleanly by a Lions defender.
In the 20th minute, Thamil again was presented with a chance from a short low cross, but he was a fraction too late to stab the ball home.
It took a defender to finally find the net for Selangor, three minutes later through Australian centreback Stillianos Pantelidis, who played as a defensive midfielder in this match. Rangel nodded a corner kick by Andik Vermansyah across the goalmouth to Pantelidis, and he reacted first to head the ball past Lions keeper Izwan Mahbud and his defenders. Just a week ago, Selangor almost terminated his contract.
Rangel almost made it two for the Red Giants in the 31st minute, but Rangel's low strike hit the side netting instead.
10 minutes into the second half, Selangor came close to scoring again. Andik's looping cross found Rangel, who headed it towards the bottom left corner. It would have gone in but for Izwan's point blank save.
A minute later, Thamil got on the receiving end of a Kunalan's low cross, but his effort went over the bar.
In the end, Pantelidis' goal was enough for the home side to keep their 2014 MSL title chase alive, and give them their first ever win over the Singaporean club.