MSL Round Report Week: Selangor move five points clear

Johor Darul Ta'zim failed to capitalise on their home ground advantage against Pahang

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JDT took on Pahang in one of the biggest games this season at Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium which saw the game ended in a 2-2 draw. JDT’s new Argentine import Jorge Diaz performed well that night and he quickly made an impact after assisting Luciano Figueroa for his 8th league goal. Pahang pulled one back through Azammuddin Akil in the 36th minute after a terrible defending by JDT. In second half, JDT got their second goal from Safiq Rahim who expertly half-volleyed past Khairul Azhan to give JDT the lead again but a last minute goal by R. Gopinathan denied the home side a victory.

Sarawak battled against PKNS FC in Kuching last night in a match which saw the home side earned a narrow 2-1 victory. The first half performance was poor from both sides which ended with 0-0 at the break. It was a different story in the second half after Sarawak put on a better performance and scored their first goal through captain, Joseph Kallang Tie in the 58th minute. The visitors fought back and managed to equalise in the 80th minute from Faudzi Dzulkifli. But it was a night to be remembered for Muamer Salibasic after he dribbled passed two defenders before half-volleying the ball to score 4 minutes later to help The Crocs gained three valuable points.

Current leaders Selangor remained on top after beating Sime Darby FC by 1-0 at Shah Alam Stadium. MSL’s top scorer, Paulo Rangel was again the hero for The Red Giants after he scored from the penalty spot in the 38th minute when Andik Vermansyah was fouled. With that goal, Rangel has now scored 15 league goals this season.

Meanwhile, Terengganu continue to play catch up with Selangor after they won against reigning champions, LionsXII by 2-1. The home side was given an early surprise after Khairul Amri scored for in the 8th minute but the visitors did not take long to equalise when Javier Estupinan scored three minutes later. In the second half, both sides played attacking football trying to get the second goal. But it was The Turtles who managed to score after Zairo Anuar converted a penalty in the 69th minute.

Bottom placed ATM move up to 10th position after they completed a comeback 2-1 win against T-Team in Selayang. Patrich Wanggai shocked the home fans after he scored early in the 3rd minute to give the visitors the lead. B. Sathianathan who did not want to see his team lose again turned on his striker, Fabrice Noel to score two goals to put the team in a comfortable zone just before the break. The visitors doubled their effort in the second half to find the equaliser but to no avail. The game ended with a victory for The Gladiators.

Kelantan did not face any difficulty to overcome struggling Perak 2-1 at home. The Red Warriors were the better side from the beginning with Shawky Yazid scoring early in the 3rd minute to give them the lead. The home side continued their domination by scoring the second easy goal from Khairul Izuan Rosli in the 77th minute. The visitors managed to got a goal after a lack of concentration from the Kelantan’s defenders to put the scoreline by 2-1 until the end of the game.