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  • February 15, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang, Selayang
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  • That's all from me now lads. You can follow me on Twitter at @tengkiat, if you so wish. Good night, til next time!
  • Fandi and his boys will be delighted with the three points, which will see them jump up to fourth in the MSL standings. Terengganu lead the way with 10, with Selangor and Kelantan both on nine. The LionsXII have eight.
  • A sort of redemption for the LionsXII centre-back too, who allowed Amiridzwan to outjump him for ATM's opener. Not an easy finish by any means, but the former Young Lions defender converted it superbly under pressure. ATM will rue not taking their chances though, they had plenty of their own through Arostegui, Martelotto and James. The last, in particular, had a night to forget.
  • Great victory for the LionsXII, who completely turned things around in the second half after a drab first period. Fandi's subs, Faris and Zulfahmi, both played their part in the late winner, which was taken very well by Afiq. What a comeback!
  • FULL-TIME!! The LionsXII have emerged with the three points!
  • 90' + 2'
    Unbelievable. ATM coach B. Satinathan can't believe it as he leans against the bench. The LionsXII have all but sealed a win here!
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Zulfahmi Arifin
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Afiq Yunos
    GOAL!! Scenes here at Selayang as Afiq is first to the end of a terrific cross from Zulfahmi to poke it past the goalkeeper! Late stunner from the LionsXII!
  • 90'
    Faris tries to jink past two on the edge of the area and wins a corner. Safuwan is up, as usual. Big chance here...
  • 88'
    Substitution Hafiz Sujad Aqhari Abdullah
    The LionsXII make their final change as well with two minutes left on the clock.
  • 88'
    James barges into Safuwan and is aghast when the free-kick is given against him. Come on, Marlon. That was a foul and you know it.
  • 87'
    Amiridzwan, James and Arostegui are all onside as the free-kick is swung into the far post but none of them can capitalise!
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Zulfahmi Arifin
    The midfielder loses the ball while trying to flick it over Martelotto and ends up tugging back the Argentinian.
  • 84'
    CHANCE! Shahfiq finds space 25 yards out but his curler is disappointing. Straight at the goalkeeper.
  • 81'
    Substitution Hairuddin bin Omar Fauzi Saari
    Final substitute for the hosts.
  • 81'
    Faritz just about gets the ball away for a corner under pressure from Venice, who looked to have given the right-back a snide shove as well. Referee gives the corner, which comes to nothing. Entering the last ten minutes here now.
  • 78'
    Venice robs Faritz of the ball but his cross is well dealt with by Safuwan, who heads it away with authority!
  • 76'
    It looks like Shahfiq has peeled out to the left, with Hafiz going into central midfield. Firdaus is in the hole behind Sufian.
  • 76'
    Substitution Khairul Amri Zulfahmi Arifin
    The goalscorer comes off, with Sufian going upfront.
  • 74'
    Fifteen minutes of regulation time left. Will we see a winner here?
  • 68'
    CHANCE! Shahfiq hits an effort straight at Adney.
  • 67'
    CHANCE! Arostegui does well to spin away in the centre of the pitch but chooses the wrong option, slipping in Martelotto on his right instead of James just ahead of him. His compatriot blasts the ball over the bar.
  • 67'
    Substitution Sufian Anuar Faris Ramli
    The speedy winger comes on for the striker, who has put in a hard shift as usual.
  • 66'
    Rezal does very well to dispossess Amri on the edge of the box just as he looked to pull the trigger.
  • 66'
    CHANCE! Shahfiq whips in a superb delivery from 35 yards and Amri gets his head to it, but the ball goes over the bar!
  • 64'
    The LionsXII have adopted a more offensive approach. Fandi must have heard my words. End to end stuff now.
  • 63'
    CHANCE! James fires just wide of the far post after a ball falls kindly in his path! What an opportunity! The striker knows he should have done better. Kudos to Izwan for coming off his line in a flash to narrow the angle as well.
  • 62'
    Safuwan is EVERYWHERE! Now he pops up on the right of the box to collect Amri's cross, but the ball bounces off his arm and he's penalised for handball.
  • 61'
    CHANCE!! Hairuddin heads the ball across the box and Arostegui's header is cleared off the line by Safuwan! Then the ball comes back to James, who takes his shot on the turn but it goes high over the bar!
  • 60'
    Martelotto's delivery is good and Izwan has to come out and punch it behind for a corner.
  • 59'
    Firdaus gives away the ball with a sloppy pass in his own area and brings down Arostegui 40 yards out while trying to retrieve it.
  • 58'
    He gets his strike over the wall but it lacks power and Izwan holds on to the ball comfortably.
  • 57'
    James goes down after a challenge from Safuwan and wins the hosts a free-kick 30 yards out. He stands over the ball as well.
  • 56'
    Arostegui heads over a cross. First sign of life from the Argentinian.
  • 54'
    Venice flagged for offside down the left but he is in line, as replays show. Let off for the LionsXII.
  • 52'
    Substitution D. Christie Jayaselan Juan Arostegui
    The striker has come on for Christie and will slot straight upfront alongside James. ATM stepping up their firepower.
  • 52'
    Just as I say that, Hairuddin sees his shot deflected behind for a corner. Rezal's delivery is cleared in the end though.
  • 51'
    That is exactly the response Fandi is looking for. It's all set for an exciting second half now!
  • 47'
    Assist Sufian Anuar
  • 47'
    Goal Khairul Amri
    GOAL!! Sufian flicks the ball on, Norfazly Alias makes a hash of his clearance and it falls kindly for Amri to bend a low shot into the far corner from the edge of the box! An early equaliser!
  • 45'
    KICK-OFF! Can the LionsXII turn things around?
  • Another bit of information: Hariss Harun has got in on the party for JDT as well, scoring the second as they lead Selangor at half-time. So, Singaporeans doing well elsewhere, just not at Selayang.
  • Won't be surprised if Zulfahmi comes on to for his range of passing as well. Firdaus has not contributed much attacking-wise and it could be prudent to adopt a more offensive approach in the second half and go for it.
  • The LionsXII have fought hard but struggled to really test Adney in goal. I can see Faris Ramli coming on as an impact substitute again here. Fandi must be concerned with how his team are not fashioning the chances. Still, it's only one goal and the LionsXII are not out of this by a long shot.
  • HALF-TIME! That is the last chance of the game, as the referee brings the action to an end for the half-time break.
  • 45' + 2'
    CHANCE! Shahfiq whips in a terrific delivery from 35 yards and Safuwan flicks it over! Good chance, that.
  • 45' + 1'
    Martelotto is jockeyed by Shakir, whose arms swing into the former's face. The Argentinian reacts by kicking out slightly at Shakir, who isn't very happy. The referee comes over to set things straight.
  • 44'
    Firdaus is tripped by Venice and the LionsXII have a free-kick near the halfway line. It's swing into the box and once again, Adney claims it well. Two minutes added on.
  • 42'
    CHANCE! Seconds later, the LionsXII get into the box with a counter-attack and Hafiz Sujad fires narrowly wide of the far post after surging in from the left!
  • 42'
    GREAT TACKLE! Safuwan makes a last-ditch tackle on James, who was looking to pounce on a loose ball following Venice's cross on the break for ATM!
  • 41'
    Adney does very well to come out and claim a header back across goal from Safuwan. Great goalkeeping.
  • 39'
    Apart from that effort from Safuwan though, it has been pretty uninspiring from the LionsXII so far. ATM are holding them at bay with a degree of comfort.
  • 33'
    CHANCE! Safuwan has gone for it from all of 70 yards with Adney off his line and the goalkeeper just manages to scramble back in time to tip it on to the bar and over for a corner. What an effort!!
  • 32'
    Amri is found by Isa near the left corner flag but his cross is abysmal. The crossing has been really poor so far from the LionsXII.
  • 31'
    Substitution Riduwan M'aon Raja Mohd Ridzuwan Effendy Raja Kamaruddin
    Riduwan Ma'on has gone off with what looks like a hamstring, with the inexperienced Raja Ridzuwan replacing him.
  • 29'
    Syed Adney does brilliantly to come out and dispossess Sufian after Amiridzwan went to sleep.
  • 24'
    Elsewhere, Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan has his first goal for Johor Darul Takzim, heading in the opener for them against Selangor FA.
  • 23'
    Shahfiq with the ball over the top for Sufian but Adney is off his line in a flash to collect. Amri has dropped to the right, with Sufian going up top.
  • 22'
    The corner is cleared and James collects it on the edge of the box before embarking on a 60-yard run. He shrugs off Firdaus like a rag doll but is eventually dispossessed. Still, great effort from the Vincentian!
  • 21'
    Safuwan switches play to Hafiz on the left with a superb 40-yard diagonal and the latter wins a corner.
  • 19'
    Irwan Fadzli's delivery is headed away, the LionsXII try to break but to no avail. Amirizwan concedes a throw though.
  • 18'
    Afiq is penalised for handball and ATM have a free-kick near the right touchline.
  • 15'
    CHANCE! Christie skips away from Firdaus down the left with a couple of stepovers and his cross falls to Hairuddin near the penalty stop, Luckily for the ball-watching LionsXII defenders, the shot goes just wide. Terrible defending.
  • 15'
    James causes problems again for Afiq, who just manages to get it away for a corner. The 38-year-old's movement is superb.
  • 12'
    It's still early in the game, but once again I can see the LionsXII struggling to fashion enough chances. Sufian has the physique but not the pace down the right, while Hafiz is not your typical skilful winger. No creativity in the team except from Shahfiq, as far as I am concerned.
  • 11'
    Martelotto's delivery is cleared and Christie pounces on it 30 yards out, but the shot is high over the bar.
  • 10'
    The LionsXII defence decides to play a spot of head tennis in their own box and they eventually hack it clear after it threatens to fall to Martelotto. The throw-in is cleared for a corner now.
  • 8'
    Shahfiq fires it straight at goal and Syed Adney spills it, but gathers it in time with Sufian lurking. The striker sticks out a toe anyway and the ATM players are furious. The referee has to come over to calm things down.
  • 8'
    Sufian is unceremoniously shoved in the back near the right of the box by Amirizwan. Needless.
  • 4'
    Assist Bruno Sebastián Martelotto
  • 4'
    Goal Amirizwan Tajuddin
    GOAL!! Centre-back Amirizwan Tajuddin rises unchallenged from the corner to head it powerfully down into the back of the net for an early lead!
  • 3'
    A long ball over the top catches out the LionsXII, with three ATM players onside but Hairuddin Omar's cross is headed away by Afiq just in time. Corner...
  • 2'
    It looks like Amri is spearheading the line instead, with Sufian on the right and Hafiz on the left. Firdaus is in the middle.
  • 1'
    A positive start from the LionsXII as Amri is caught offside after only 30 seconds. That was close.
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF!!
  • The teams are ready to step out on to the pitch in front of what looks like a packed home stadium in Selayang. The hosts are second in the league, two points behind leaders Selangor FA. The LionsXII are two points behind ATM themselves, but that is enough to see them drop down to ninth. It's still early days though, with only four league games having been played.
  • I am not sure how the team will line up, but I think it will be a 4-3-3 with Isa partnering Hafiz in central midfield while Firdaus and Amri are on the right and left respectively. Shahfiq will be behind Sufian.
  • For ATM, Marlon James starts after coach B. Satiananthan had said he was injured. Surprise, surprise. He will be the dangerman, of course, but the LionsXII will do well to keep an eye out on Christie Jayaseelan and Bruno Martelotto from midfield.
  • LionsXII coach Fandi has sprung a surprise, handing Firdaus Kasman his first start of the season with the midfielder having not played any minutes so far. Regular Zulfahmi Arifin is dropped, while Sufian Anuar is restored to the starting line-up.
  • My name is Teng Kiat and without further ado, I present the starting line-ups below.

    ATM XI: Syed; Reuben, Norfazly, Amirizwan, Irwan; Jayaseelan, Martelotto, Riduwan Maon, Venice; Hairuddin (C), James.

    Bench: Iqbal, Raja, Azrul, Arostegui, Fauzi, Akmal, Fitri.

    LionsXII: Izwan; Faritz, Safuwan, Afiq, Shakir; Isa (C), Hafiz; Firdaus, Shahfiq, Amri; Sufian.

    Bench: Khairulhin, Madhu, Emmeric, Zulfahmi, Faris, Aqhari, Syafiq.
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