MSL Round Report Week 7: LionsXII held by Southern Tigers while Selangor outclassed in Paroi

Johor Darul Takzim snatched a late goal to hold LionsXII to a 2-2 draw at the Larkin Stadium while Selangor were completely outplayed by ATM in Paroi
Johor Darul Takzim and LionsXII battled out an enthralling 2-2 draw in a full house Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru. Hariss Harun gave the visitors an early lead in the first half before Simone Del Nero restored parity for them. Baihakki Khaizan then emerged with a low header that returned LionsXII's lead once again and they seemed good value for a victory. However, Norshahrul seized a valuable point for the Southern Tigers with a late goal, sending the 30,000 Johor fans into raptures.

Meanwhile in Lumut, Perak and Pahang contested a rather drabby encounter, with both sides guilty of missing good opportunities. Both sides were very cautious with their offensive approach, but the Seladangs ultimately sealed a valuable victory, courtesy of an own goal from Pahang's Jalaluddin Jaafar. There was a red card in the game though as Rafiuddin Roddin collected a late second yellow card.

Earlier in the evening, T-Team and Felda United competed in an interesting 1-1 draw in Kuala Terengganu. The visitors went ahead as early as in the sixth minute when Khairul Anuar striked home. However, Peter Butler's men kept pushing hard and were rewarded for their effort as Abdul Latiff Suhaimi fired home in the 62nd minute to seal a valuable point for the Titans.

Defending champions Kelantan emerged as victors from the high profile Malaysian East Coast derby, with a 2-0 victory over Terengganu. Badri Radzi's return to the starting line-up was an inspiration and Keita Mandjou netted two goals to not only silence Kelantan's criticis, but also his own doubters. Terengganu pushed hard with Jean Emmanuel Effa Owona upfront but they could never break down the solid Obinna Nwaneri of Kelantan.

ATM replaced Selangor at the top of the Malaysian Super League table after overcoming them in an eventful clash at the Paroi Stadium. Bruno Marteloto gave the Gladiators the lead at the 16-minute mark, courtesy of a sublime curling finish from inside the box. They could have added a few more goals, but Norazlan was in the form of his life for the visitors, keeping ATM's efforts at bay. They ultimately increased their lead late in the game though, as Marlon Alex James converted a penalty to condemn Selangor to their second defeat of the season.

In another game, Negeri Sembilan's winless streak continued as they were held to a 2-2 draw against PKNS FC. Patrick Ronaldhino Wleh netted an early goal for the home side although Rashid Mahmud equalised just eight minutes later for the visitors. Fauzan Dzulkifli then restored PKNS' lead on the 27th minute as they continued looking more dangerous. However, Shahurain Abu Samah emerged as Negeri's hero as he levelled the game late on to give the Deers a deserved point at the Shah Alam Stadium.