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February 1, 2014
• Bishan Stadium, Singapore
That's it from me. Disappointing exit from the LionsXII, but til next time. See you!
90' + 4'
90' + 3'
ANOTHER CHANCE!! Amri glances wide a cross from Faritz when he should have done much better!!
FOUR MINUTES added on. Can the LionsXII find an equaliser?
The noise is INCREDIBLE here as the crowd will the LionsXII on for an equaliser!
Yellow Card Khairul Amri
Amri is over-enthusiastic and slides in on Azidan, who goes down like a sack of potatoes.
Assist Safuwan Baharudin
Own Goal Khairul Azhan Khalid
Disaster for the Pahang goalkeeper as Safuwan's well-struck free-kick from 30 yards bounced off the post and back across the line! Lifeline for the LionsXII!
All hands to the pump as Pahang are content to sit back, but the LionsXII just can't find a way past the visitors' defence. Stewart and Rehman have been rocks at the back.
Mohd Faisal Mohd Rosli
Now Safuwan heads another cross over. No luck for the LionsXII!
WHAT A BLOCK!! Safuwan's header was goal-bound but Stewart gets in the way inches from the line!!
Saiful Nizam Miswan
Safuwan crosses low from the left and Gabriel gets on the end of it before turning to fire a shot that goes over!
SAVE! Khairul does brilliantly to tip over Sufian's header!
The fleet-footed winger is brought on for the captain as Fandi throws caution to the wind.
CHANCE!! Sufian is found unmarked by Hafiz's cross but he scoops it over from six yards. What a chance!
Sufian comes on for Nazrul as Fandi throws numbers into attack.
Zul comes off for Madhu, who will replace Safuwan at the back as the centre-back is pushed upfront again!
CHANCE!! Faritz should have done much, much better there. Zul's free-kick is totally missed by the right-back, who was right in front of goal!
Afiq fails to get a telling touch with his header after Isa floats a ball into the ball. Vital for the LionsXII to get a goal back soon here if they want to salvage this game.
Assist Matías Conti
Goal Azidan Sarudin
The midfielder lashes a brilliant strike into the corner from 20 yards after Conti touches the ball to him just outside the area! Another lovely goal!
Assist Azidan Sarudin
Goal Hafiz Kamal
Pahang punish the LionsXII for that as Hafiz steps up and belts it into the bottom corner! Great strike!
A needless free-kick conceded right on the edge of the area as Azidan is nudged down!
Hafiz swings in a great corner but Conti times his jump completely wrong and scuffs the header!
Players back out, and we are set for another 45 minutes!
He will also have to find a way to get Hafiz Sujad into the game more, with the midfielder looking peripheral so far. What are your thoughts? Tell me at @tengkiat!
The hosts will have Izwan to thank after the goalkeeper made three great blocks to deny Azamuddin twice and Conti once. Amri's strike, which hit the post, followed their finest move of the half and Fandi will be looking for more of that.
45' + 2'
45' + 1'
Stewart rises menacingly and fortunately for the LionsXII, heads a corner wide.
POST!! Faritz is released by a lovely ball from Zul down the right and he does brilliantly to dink it over a defender before crossing for Amri. The striker hits a first-time half-volley that looked to be bound for the bottom corner, but instead thuds against the right-hand post and goes behind! Great play!
Zul puts this one in first time and Safuwan rises above the considerable figure of Stewart, but puts his header over!
A short corner routine ends with Zul swinging the cross to the far post, where Safuwan's header is deflected behind!
Amri with another headed flick-on for Afiq, whose own header is deflected behind. Corner LionsXII.
Yellow Card Hafiz Kamal
Hafiz Kamal barges into Nazrul as he turns and is booked.
Amri does well to head a long ball from Faritz into Isa's path, but the captain's first touch is poor and allows the tackle to be made from behind.
Gopinathan has a go from 30 yards and the ball goes well over. The winger has not been involved in the game much.
SAVE!! Izwan denies Azamuddin again with a good block as the striker raced clear and advanced into the box from the right!
Hald an hour gone and it's still even. Pahang weathered a bit of a storm early on and have since held their own. They have Izwan to thank for that brilliant double save. Meanwhile, the hosts have not threatened too much in attack, having wasted a couple of breaks.
Faritz tries to find Hafiz on the left on a break, but overhits the ball. LionsXII look dangerous on the counter-attack.
Yellow Card Shakir Hamzah
The left-back is left standing by Conti and tugs the striker back. Free-kick Pahang.
SAVE!! Izwan does brilliantly to deny Fauzi with his leg from a one-on-one, before getting up superbly to parry away Conti's follow-up header!!
This is turning feisty! Shakir shrugs off three players as he barges through and is eventually fouled, but not before leaving Azamuddin lying in a heap!
Oooh, naughty from Nazrul! He leaves a bit of his leg in as Saiful launches a long ball. The left-back is not happy at all!
Now Nazrul goes down after Saiful appears to have thrown an arm in his face as he sped down the left. The crowd is baying for blood but the referee didn't indicate a foul!
After a short lull, Zulfahmi gets the crowd on his feet with a 25-yard attempt that flies straight into Khairul's grateful arms!
Another good delivery from Zulfahmi and Amri tries the deft little flicked header, but it goes well over the bar!
Nazrul is brought down near the right touchline with a crunching challenge and his team-mates aren't very happy!
Safuwan nearly gets on the end of a good delivery from Zulfahmi, but Khairul just manages to take it off his head.
Shakir crosses to the far post and Saiful Nizam heads it behind as the crowd roars "WE WANT GOAL, WE WANT GOAL!"
The hosts pressing hard straight from kick-off. Amri will have to fight a tough battle against the two giants in Stewart and Rehman upfront. Just as I predicted, Hafiz is behind him in the hole so he'll look to support the former Tampines striker as much as he can.
Teams are out, shaking hands, about to pose for photos. We are set...
Biggest cheers from the crowd reserved for Singapore legend and LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad when his name was announced. About eight minutes away from kick-off!
Interestingly, a look at Pahang's Wikipedia page sees Nicolas Anelka, Scott Sinclair and Baihakki Khaizan listed in their squad... Of course they are not actually in the team, but I had a chuckle when I read it. Cheeky little bugger, whoever did it.
As for Pahang, Conti is upfront with Azamuddin. Gopinathan will be one to watch with his pace and trickery
Pahang XI: Khairul; Razman (C), Stewart, Rehman, Saiful; Fauzi, Azidan, Hafiz, Gopinathan; Azamuddin, Conti.
Bench: Nasril, Jalaluddin, Faizol, Mat Ariff, Shahrizan, Shafei, Faisal.
So Sufian is dropped in favour of Amri as the lone striker, in what I'd expect to be a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 from the LionsXII. Hafiz possibly in the hole behind Amri, which would be an exciting prospect.
Here we go..
LionsXII: Izwan; Faritz, Safuwan, Afiq, Shakir; Isa (C), Zulfahmi; Faris, Hafiz, Nazrul; Amri.
Bench: Abdul Qadir, Madhu, Raihan, Gabriel, Aqhari, Sufian, Shahfiq.
Well, speak of the devil. Line-up coming up in a bit!
Both sets of players already came out to warm up about 10 minutes ago. I am awaiting the team-sheets, so bear with me for the line-ups.
It's the second day of Chinese New Year, but football doesn't stop for no public holidays! Looks like it will be a healthy turnout for the game as well. I spotted long queues on my way into the stadium.
Hello and good evening everyone, this is Teng Kiat and I am LIVE from Jalan Besar Stadium! It's the LionsXII against Pahang FA tonight in the second round of the Malaysia FA Cup, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Kick-off in about 35 minutes' time!
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