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3 vs 1
Played
April 20, 2013 7:45 PM SGT
Jalan Besar Stadium — Singapore
Referee:‬ Samsudin Ibrahim‎
 
45+3′ (PG) Shahril Ishak
 
 

Shahfiq double sends LionsXII top of table

The diminutive striker struck once in each half, sandwiching a Shahril Ishak penalty, as the home side reclaimed their lead at the summit of the Malaysian Super League

Shahfiq Ghani, LionsXII, MSL
FAS
By Teng Kiat
teng.kiat@goal.com
@TengKiat

Their away form might be patchy, but the LionsXII appear to be unstoppable at home.

The Singapore side racked up a seventh consecutive victory at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night by dispatching ATM FA 3-1, in the process reclaiming their lead at the top of the Malaysian Super League table.

The hosts were missing key centrebacks Safuwan Baharudin and Baihakki Khaizan due to suspension, with Hariss Harun and Shakir Hamzah forming a makeshift pairing.

All the action was happening at the other end however, as Shahfiq Ghani curled a freekick into the wall and Hariss almost deflected a clearance into the ATM goal in the early moments of the game.

The Gladiators provided the first real threat of the match in the 10th minute, when Christie Jayaselan sent a powerful effort over the bar after latching on to a flick-on from Marlon James.

LionsXII skipper Shahril Ishak was then brilliantly denied by Farizal Harun six minutes later, as the ATM custodian threw a hand out to push his sidefooted effort around the post.

The attacking midfielder did play an instrumental part in the opening goal, which came from a flowing move in the 27th minute.

Isa Halim dropped a long ball into the right channel, which Shahril took down with a divine first touch after a perfectly-timed run in behind the defence. That set him up to send in a low cross for Shahfiq Ghani, who had ghosted in from deep, to turn in the ball from close range and give the LionsXII the lead.

That lead was doubled three minutes into first-half stoppage time, when Nazrul Nazari was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Amirizwan Taj after Shahril had slipped him through in the box. The captain coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot for his fifth goal of the season to hand the LionsXII a commanding two-goal lead at half-time.

ATM found a way back into the game on the hour mark, as an unmarked James easily tapped the ball into an open goal after the home defence allowed a corner to bounce across the area.

The visitors threw on winger Venice Elphi as they switched to a more offensive outlook, but the LionsXII restored their two-goal cushion in the 71st minute.

Faris Ramli’s run down the left was halted by a well-timed tackle, only for the ball to fall to Shahfiq outside the box. Afforded time and space, the striker looked up and clipped a fine strike over Farizal from 25 yards to bag his second of the night.

That goal ended the contest, as the LionsXII kept up their perfect home record and re-established a two-point gap over second-placed Johor Darul Takzim.



LionsXII

1
Izwan Mahbud
Goalkeeper
3.00
19
Irwan Shah
Defender
78′
3.00
14
Hariss Harun
Defender
20′
4.50
2
Shakir Hamzah
Defender
3.00
9
Faritz Hameed
Defender
66′
3.00
11
Nazrul Nazari
Midfielder
3.00
4
Isa Halim
Midfielder
3.50
17
Shahril Ishak
Midfielder
27′ 48′ 71′ 72′
4.50
11
Izzdin Shafiq
Midfielder
66′
2.50
17
Faris Ramli
Midfielder
3.50
26
Shahfiq Ghani
Striker
27′ 71′ 94′
4.00

ATM FA

2.50
-
2.50
21
2.50
27
3.00
2
K. Reuben
Defender
35′
2.50
19
3.00
-
2.50
23
3.50
9
3.00
20

Substitutes

18
 - 
6
 - 
13
 - 
7
Gabriel Quak
Midfielder
 - 
13
3.00
8
Hafiz Sujad
Midfielder
66′
3.00
12
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
25
 - 
-
A. Varathan
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
15
2.50
8
Affize Faisal
Midfielder
30′
 - 
-
N. Yusoff
Striker
81′
2.50
17

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Paulo Rangel Paulo Rangel
Striker
Selangor
11 2
Luciano Figueroa Luciano Figueroa
Striker
Darul Takzim
5 0
Juan Arostegui Juan Arostegui
Striker
ATM
5 0
Khairul Amri Khairul Amri
Striker
LionsXII
5 0
Matías Conti Matías Conti
Striker
Pahang
5 0