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Goal.com picks out the star performers in the Malaysian top flight after another thrilling weekend of action

Defending champions, Kelantan were left shellshocked by the gritty Gladiators who snapped their two-year unbeaten reign at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium with an invaluable 3-1 win. Veteran forward, Hairuddin Omar, Christie Jayaseelan and Amiridzwan Taj led by example with solid performances that stifled the Red Warriors in front of their home fans.

In goal, Darul Takzim's reserve goalie, Al-Hafiz Hamzah sealed a man of the match performance against the Turtles with several key saves to deny the dangerous Effa Owona.

Sturdy Amiridzwan Taj will have Willian Modibo and Aidil Zafuan for company at the heart of the defence. Modiba neutralized LionsXII's forwards with strong challenges while Aidil was solid in stopping Terengganu's national attacker, Manaf Mamat.

Former Sabah midfielder, K. Thanaraj tormented the Terengganu defence with enterprising displays, and assisted Nurshahrul Idlan for the only goal of the game. Nippy Jayaseelan drew the Kelantan defenders away from Marlon James, and was rewarded with a goal himself. National winger Gopinathan meanwhile constantly threatened the T-Team box and scored a well-deserved goal.

Negeri's new signing, Leandro Barbosa was a handful for the LionsXII defence all evening, demonstrating his hard work, trickery and pace, capped off his excellent debut with a long range goal. There were rumours that the Liberian international Wleh may leave PKNS FC following his late return from international duty, but he again demonstrated his value with his searing speed and two cool finishes to win a point for his team. Norshahrul meanwhile, took several shots at goal - all by himself - and when it mattered, showed his tenacity at chasing down a loose ball that allowed him to score from a near-impossible angle.

AL-HAFIZ

 

DARUL TAKZIM

vs Terengganu (A)

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AMIRIDZWAN

MODIBO

AIDIL

 

ATM

NEGERI SEMBILAN

DARUL TAKZIM

vs Kelantan (A)

vs LionsXII (H)

vs Terengganu (A)

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CHRISTIE

THANARAJ

HAIRUDDIN

GOPINATHAN

ATM

DARUL TAKZIM

ATM

PAHANG

vs Kelantan (A)

vs Terengganu (A)

vs Kelantan (A)

vs T-Team (H)

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NORSHAHRUL

WLEH

LEANDRO

     

DARUL TAKZIM

PKNS FC

NEGERI SEMBILAN

vs Terengganu (A)

vs Perak (A)

vs LionsXII (H)

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