MSL Round Report Week: Surprises this week as Perak and ATM secure victories

Pahang and Selangor both retained their spot at the top of the table courtesy of home wins

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Pahang defeated Sime Darby 4-1 to consolidate their position at the top of the standings. Surendran scored first on the 19thminute before hot-shot striker Matias Conti scored a double in the first half to put the home side in a comfortable zone before the break. Dickson Nwakaeme added the fourth goal to enable The Elephants to top the standings with 28 points after 14 matches. The visitors did not stop there though as they got themselves a consolation goal courtesy from Dilshod Sharofetdinov on the 72th minute.

In Shah Alam, Selangor stayed in touch with Pahang on second spot after edging long time rivals, LionsXII by 1-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium. Australian-born midfielder Steve Pantelidis scored the crucial goal on the 24th minute. After the goal, The Red Giants quickly changed their tactics to defensive mode in order to stop the visitors from continuously pushing upfront. And predictably, the scoreline remained 1-0 until the end of the game

Kelantan was handed a shocking defeat by the giant-killing team, Sarawak when they lost 1-0 at the Kota Bahru Stadium. The Crocs’ new foreign striker, Ryan Griffiths netted the winner for the visitors on the 53rd minute after a nice lob ball from the substitute, Muamer Salibasic. TRW controlled the match after the goal and their shot on goals total up to more than 15 shots on target but still they could not get the ball into the net.

In another match that played early, JDT won against T-Team in a dramatic game at Johor Bahru Stadium. The Southern Tigers were given a shock by T-Team’s Dos Santos after he scored on the 24th minute to give the visitors the first goal. But 7 minutes later, sensational striker, Luciano Figueroa equalized for JDT and later on in the dying minutes of the second half, he scored again to give JDT another vital win.

Perak are back to winning ways after they won against Terengganu by 2-0 at the Sultan Nasiruddin Stadium. Perak’s J. Partiban celebrated first after he scored a nice goal from outside the box to give the home side the lead at half time. Terengganu changed their game plan in the second half but it was the visitors who got their second goal this time from Marco Tulio in the 73rd minute. The game ended 2-0 to Perak and it was Terengganu's second home defeat of the season.

After a few disappointing performance, bottom side, ATM turned on the style against PKNS to win by 4-1 at Selayang Stadium. Patrick Ronaldinho scored for PKNS on the 23rd minute mark after a nice dribble around Syed Adney to put his goal tally this season to 9 goals. It was indeed a bad day for PKNS when they were reduced to 10 men after Muhd Zamir Selamat was red carded on the 26th minute. After that it was all ATM’s show with Bruno Martelotto scoring first on the 29th minute to equalize for the home side. B. Sathianathan’s men scored 3 more goals in the second half with Thinagaran (59’), Yusaini Hafiz (77’) and Muhd Affizie Faisal (90’) to give the team an easy 4-1 win.