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  • July 7, 2012
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV, Kota Bharu
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Kelantan 6-0 Perak: Red Warriors crowned Malaysian Super League champions

Kelantan 6-0 Perak: Red Warriors crowned Malaysian Super League champions

Zeng Liwei

Goals galore in Kota Bharu as Kelantan demolished Perak to clinch their second successive league title

Indraputra Mahyudin grabbed the headlines as man of the match as he completed his hat-trick, helping the Red Warriors destroy Perak's dream to stay in third place. Mohd Ghaddar, Badhri Radzi and Nurul Azwan Roya were also on the scoresheet in the match dominated by Kelantan.

Indraputra opened the scoring with a wonderful shot that beat Nasril to give Kelantan the lead. Just two minutes later, Mohd Ghaddar doubled the lead through some fantastic movement in the final third by Indraputra, whose cross was converted by the Lebanese international.
 
Surprised by the the quickfire goals, Perak launched several quick counter attacks to hassle Kelantan's defence marshalled by national goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

But it was Kelantan who found the net again through skipper, Mohd Badhri Radzi. Nurul Azwan Roya's angled cross set up Badhri to strike past Nasril for the third time.
 
Kelantan did not look back from then on as they took control of the midfield. The Barcelona-esque play by their midfielders put Perak under immense pressure.  On the 30th minute, Indraputra scored his second goal of the match after heading home from his captain's cross.
 
Perak created several chances of their own. Michal Kubala had a 30-yard freekick saved by Khairul Fahmi. Akmal Rizal Rakhli also had a chance but his rebound from Khairul Fahmi's fingertip save was volleyed straight back to the goalkeeper.

Nurul Azwan Roya, the former Johor FC player, put Kelantan five goals ahead with Indraputra Mahyudin the architect once again.

A moment of controversy transpired before the half-time break when a red card was shown to Perak captain, Shahrul Nizam Mustapha for an unprofessional foul on Mohd Ghaddar.

The second-half started off with several changes to both teams. Kelantan's prolific striker, Norshshrul Idlan Talaha entered the pitch while Perak, shaken by the scoreline, brought on youth goalkeeper, Kamarul Affendi.

The changes, however,did not stop Indraputra Mahyudin from compeleting his hat-trick just three minutes after the break.

But the goals dried up soon after as Perak's defence line pulled together and the Kelantan offensive took their foot of the pedal.

The 6-0 scoreline remained at the final whistle and the Red Warriors boss, Bojan Hodak, was delighted with the result. When asked about Indraputra's performance, he proudly stated that Indraputra was the best player in Malaysia in the past ten years.

With the win, Kelantan sit seven points ahead of nearest rivals LionsXII with two more games left to play, assuring the East coast side of their second Malaysian Super League title.

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