Kedah 1-1 T-Team: Both teams draw as Kedah denied last minute winner
Kedah and T-Team shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw albeit a controversy involving the linesman towards the end of the match
By Mohd Taufiq Mohd Zainon
Kedah went into the game with their usual starting line up with the exception of Thirumurugan in place of Azmizi Azmi. T-Team on the other hand were without their influential playmaker Zairo Anuar Zailani.
It was a drab and dull first half with both teams showing lack of precision in their passing and movement. Strikers of both teams were isolated upfront due to poor distribution of the ball.
Frenchman Alfatah Safi shot wide when presented a chance in the penalty box while Marco Tulio of T-Team squandered a good opportunity when he blasted over inside the six yard box.
Kedah goalkeeper Helmi Eliza then showed good reflexes in denying Khairul Izwan and Tengku Hasbullah, tipping both their shots over the bar. The first half ended scoreless with both teams never looking like they were going to score.
However, two minutes after the restart Kedah scored the opening goal. Croatian hotshot Vedran Gerc latched onto Safi’s through ball and despite being pressured by two defenders he managed to keep a cool head to slot the ball past Syamsuri Mustafa.
They almost doubled their lead five minutes later but Syamsuri made a superb save to deny Khyril Muhymeen from three yards out.
Not long after that, T-Team’s equalized when Mohd Fadzli Shaari sneaked in behind two Kedah defenders to head home substitute Azrul Hazran’s cross.
Soon after the equalizer, both teams pushed for the winning goal but sloppy passing and lack of understanding hindered their efforts.
When the match entered the final minute of injury time, Thirumurugan scored what appeared to be a legitimate goal but referee Mohd Rahmat Jantan disallowed the goal after the linesman flagged for a foul.
Fans and players of Kedah protested but it changed nothing as Mohd Rahmat blew for the final whistle for both teams to share the spoils.
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