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  • April 19, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Shah Alam, Shah Alam
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  • Well, that is that for me then. My name is Teng Kiat and it has been a pleasure. You can find me on Twitter at @tengkiat and til the next time, good night!
  • Second loss in three matches for the LionsXII as well and they didn't look in the game at all. No spark, no fire. For Selangor, it is a huge victory, as they go second in the table, one behind Pahang but with a game in hand.
  • There was no late flourish from the LionsXII, as they meekly went down to defeat, with Selangor more than happy to take their time and run the clock down. Not the most disappointing of results but Fandi will not be happy with the performance.
  • 90' + 3'
    FULL-TIME! SELANGOR 1-0 LIONSXII!
  • 90' + 2'
    Time is running out for the LionsXII and it doesn't look like they can conjure up something here. Firdaus shoves Fitri and concedes the free-kick, but the LionsXII have it back.
  • 90' + 1'
    Substitution Paulo Rangel Afiq Azmi
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Paulo Rangel
  • 85'
    Farizal claws away a deep cross from Zulfahmi, with Faris lurking at the far post. Good play from the Selangor custodian, who has done well tonight.
  • 83'
    Substitution Andik Vermansyah Fitri Shazwan Raduwan
  • 83'
    WIDE! Bunyamin goes on a lung-bursting run down thre right to overlap Andik, who slips him the ball. The Selangor captain takes it in his stride but unfortunately gets his fierce drive all wrong, blasting it wide of the near post!
  • 82'
    The LionsXII goalkeeper has kept his team in the game with two top saves. It's still all to play for here with the score at 1-0. Eight minutes of regulation time left.
  • 81'
    Substitution Thamil Arasu Abdul Shukur Jusoh
  • 80'
    SAVE! ANOTHER TOP SAVE FROM IZWAN! Pantelidis glances Andik's corner towards the bottom corner but Izwan gets down well once again to push it behind!
  • 80'
    Andik is at it again as he runs at Shakir, goes past him and forces Afiq to cover and concede the corner!
  • 79'
    Izwan claims a free-kick and immediately punts it down the field to Faris, but it is too far ahead. Good idea though.
  • 76'
    Kunalan goes down near the left touchline but the referee doesn't give the foul, so he jumps in on Nazrul Nazari and concedes the free-kick. Not very smart.
  • 73'
    The LionsXII break and Nazrul finds Amri in the box, but the pass is poor and the forward can't control. Selangor clear for a corner but Farizal does well to punch it clear, before doing likewise when Zulfahmi swings it back in.
  • 70'
    Another foul on Andik, this time by Firdaus, near the centre circle. The little Indonesia is too tricky to handle at the moment.
  • 69'
    Substitution Sufian Anuar Firdaus Kasman
  • 69'
    Rangel tries to burst into the box but a flood of defenders converge on him and one of them sticks out a foot to get teh ball away.
  • 69'
    Andik skips away from Faris and is tugged back, and the latter is fortunate not to be booked!
  • 67'
    Andik surges forward from his own half and nearly threads Thamil Arasu through, only for Madhu to clear at the last moment!
  • 65'
    WIDE! Rizal Fahmi pops up at the far post to get to a free-kick but cannot direct his header on target!
  • 64'
    It looks like Raihan has gone to right back, with Madhu moving in and Shakir going to the left. Nazrul on the right, Faris on the left. Amri has gone up top with Sufian in a 4-4-2.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Shakir Hamzah
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Zulfahmi Arifin
    The midfielder catches Pantelidis and is rightly booked.
  • 61'
    Shahrom slides in with a good tackle but the referee blows for a foul. Safuwan smacks the 35-yard set-piece wide.
  • 59'
    OVER! Thamil Arasu breaks down the right and the ball falls to Rangel, who takes it first-time on the edge of the area. But he is leaning back and the strike is over the bar. Decent chance that nevertheless!
  • 58'
    SAVE! A long throw is met by Amri but his header lacks power to trouble Farizal!
  • 58'
    Substitution Hafiz Sujad Nazrul Nazari
  • 57'
    OVER! WHAT A CHANCE FOR THAMIL ARASU! The striker gets to the end of a cross from the left at the near post but he knocks his finish over the bar from close range! Should have done better!
  • 56'
    WHAT A SAVE FROM IZWAN!! Andik gets away from Shakir on the right and his cross is inch-perfect for Rangel, who rises well to power a header downwards towards the bottom corner, only for Izwan to pull off a blinding stop!!
  • 55'
    Frustration from Faris as he brings down Kunalan. Still yet to see Farizal being threatened much by the LionsXII so far.
  • 51'
    Madhu wins a header at the far post from a corner and the ball drops back to Farizal on the line. He takes it cleanly but is bundled over and gets the foul.
  • 50'
    GREAT DEFENDING! Safuwan chests a pass down and turns to shoot but Pantelidis gts back in the nick of time to get a foot in! Solid challenge.
  • 50'
    GREAT DEFENDING! Safuwan chests a pass down and turns to shoot but Pantelidis gts back in the nick of time to get a foot in! Solid challenge.
  • 49'
    Afiq tries his luck with a rathe ambitious effort, to say the least. It goes wide.
  • 45'
    Fandi has made his move by bringing on Zulfahmi for Aqhari, who was struggling to make much of an impact. The substitute immediately swings in a free-kick from deep, but Selangor scramble it clear.
  • 45'
    Substitution Aqhari Abdullah Zulfahmi Arifin
  • Well, we are ready for the restart. Who will win? Tweet me your predictions at @tengkiat!
  • Mehmet Durakovic will be looking for more of the same from his side after the break and possibly urge them to get that second goal early so they can breathe easier.
  • For Selangor, who surprisingly only had 44% of the possession, they might feel that they should have gone in with a 2-0 lead. Rangel came so close to doubling the advantage and with the form that he's in, one would have expected the Brazilian to convert that chance with his eyes closed.
  • Gabriel Quak can add spark down the wings if needed, while Zulfahmi Arifin could open up the game with his passing range. Nazrul Nazari and Shahfiq Ghani are good options as well.
  • It was shockingly poor marking for the goal as well and Fandi will surely look to address that at half-time. There is also a lack of creativity in midfield when they go forward, which is a problem. Amri has looked very isolated out on the left and I can't remember the last time Sufian touched the ball. Might be time to alter the approach.
  • So the hosts have the lead at the break, and deservedly so. They have been the better side, not by much, but enough. They came off the blocks quicker and have fashioned the better opportunities throughout, which was rewarded when Rangel nodded back a corner for Pantelidis to head in from six yards.
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF-TIME! Selangor 1-0 LionsXII!
  • 45' + 1'
    As the first half approaches its end, you get the impression that Selangor are fully in control and they know exactly what they are doing. Well organised side.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Raihan Rahman
  • 43'
    Farizal comes out to punch a free-kick away well. No set-piece joy for the LionsXII tonight so far.
  • 40'
    Meanwhile, it is just not happening for the LionsXII. They have struggled to create opportunities and while Selangor seem to have eased off the pedal, the hosts still look the more dangerous side.
  • 38'
    Pantelidis goes down clutching the back of his thigh but he has gotten up again, much to the relief of the Selangor fans. The Australian has done well in this new midfield role since being moved there in the last couple of games.
  • 33'
    SAVE! Amri tries to conjure a bit of magic as he cuts in from the left and bends his shot at goal, but Farizal easily gathers.
  • 32'
    CLOSE! RANGEL! Kunalan goes on a brilliant run down the left, cutting in and out and the ball eventually deflects against Madhu and across the area. It sets up nicely for the striker, but his first-time side-footed effort goes just past the near post! You would have expected him to at least hit the target there.
  • 30'
    Pantelidis swings a deep cross to the far post and it is just too much for Rangel to get a touch on. The Brazilian has been so dangerous with his movement off the ball.
  • 27'
    Hafiz does well to shrug off his marker on the left and then swings in a good cross that Farizal comes out for. The goalkeeper gets a touch to the ball before he is slightly pushed by an onrusing Faris and the referee calls for the foul.
  • 26'
    Back to the goal: it was terrible marking from the LionsXII, with both Rangel and Pantelidis both unmarked and unchallenged. Allowed far too much space and time to get to the ball.
  • 25'
    Rangel is a threat again as he gets his head to a free-kick, but this time he is slightly offside.
  • 23'
    Assist Paulo Rangel
  • 23'
    Goal Steve Pantelidis
    GOALL!!! SELANGOR TAKE THE LEAD!! Andik swings in the corner to the far post, where Rangel rose unchallenged to head it back across goal. Pantelidis was totally unmarked and he easily diverted the ball into the bottom corner for his second goal of the season! 1-0 to the home side!
  • 23'
    Raihan loses the ball in midfield thanks to a poor touch and Rangel is immediately sent down the right, forcing Afiq to come across and make the block. Corner to Selangor.
  • 21'
    It's a good delivery but Afiq just mistimes his jump and Selangor get it away. They try to break but the LionsXII manage to halt the attack and Izwan holds on to the ball.
  • 21'
    Now Faris skips past two players with a lovely bit of skill and eventually wins a corner. He will take it...
  • 20'
    CLOSE! Kunalan plays a teasing ball into the area and Thamil Arasu is inches away from getting his boot to it!
  • 19'
    Safuwan tries to get to the end of Shakir's long throw from the left but ends up fouling his man and Selangor have the free-kick.
  • 14'
    SAVE! Andik shows off his skills as he takes on Madhu and swings in the cross, but Thamil can't put power behind his header and it's easy for Izwan to take.
  • 13'
    CLOSE! Pantelidis gets to the end of a free-kick at the far post and turns it across goal, but can't get enough power on it with Rangel lurking, as Izwan comes out to claim!
  • 12'
    SAVE! Faris finds some space from 25 yards but his left-footed curler is tame and easily held by Farizal.
  • 10'
    It's been a rather even opening 10 minutes here, with Selangor probably having the better chances. The LionsXII's three-man midfield will help stifle Selangor going forward, although Madhu and Hafiz will have to be wary of the pace of Andik and Kunalan down the flanks.
  • 8'
    CLOSE! SAFUWAN NEARLY! The LionsXII captain steps up and bends a free-kick from 30 yards into the side netting! That wasn't too far away, though I think the goalkeeper had it covered.
  • 6'
    GREAT TACKLE! Rangel flicks a beautiful ball through to Thamil, who is clear through on goal. However, he takes his time and Afiq is able to recover and slide in with a solid challenge to deny him!
  • 4'
    Sufian already running off his socks upfront. A thankless task, the role of a lone striker, but he will be hoping to take his chance tonight. If you haven't noticed, Safuwan is in midfield tonight. Afiq and Shakir are in defence, with Hafiz at left-back.
  • 1'
    OVER! The hosts go on the attack straight from the off as a long ball over the top finds Kunalan on the right. The winger cuts in and lashes the ball well over though.
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF!!
  • We are five minutes or so away and with Shah Alam able to hold 80,000, this should make for a good atmosphere (even if it won't be filled). The players are preparing to trot out of the tunnel!
  • Hat-trick hero Sufian has firmly justified his inclusion in tonight's line-up. although it seems like he will play on the left, with Hafiz Sujad behind Khairul Amri. Faritz Hameed is left out of the team, with Madhu taking over at right-back. Aqhari Abdullah comes in for his first start of the season alongside Raihan Rahman in midfield.
  • For the LionsXII, that incredible 4-1 victory over Pahang would have given them a massive, massive boost. With Selangor having had a packed schedule of late, it is not impossible for them to come away with the victory at Shah Alam.
  • Selangor can also go top of the table if they win tonight, presuming Pahang lose. They also have one game in hand on the leaders as well so they will be motivated to get the result.
  • Just to note, Selangor are unbeaten at home this season, having won four of their five matches at Shah Alam. Their main dangerman is definitely Paulo Rangel, who has accounted for an astonishing 11 of their 16 league goals. Other key men to watch out for include Andik Vermansyah and S. Kunalan, while Rangel's strike partner will be Thamil Arasu, who has been in good form lately.
  • We have the Selangor line-up now as well!

    Faizal, Bunyamin, Rizal, Shahrom, Azmi, Panta, Veenod, Kunanlan, Andik, Thamil, Paulo
  • We are about 45 minutes away from kick-off in Shah Alam and I have the LionsXII line-up for you!

    Izwan; Madhu, Afiq, Safuwan (C), Shakir; Faris, Raihan, Aqhari, Hafiz; Amri, Sufian.
  • Hello everybody, a very good evening and welcome to Goal Singapore's LIVE play-by-play commentary for the game between Selangor FA and the LionsXII! My name is Teng Kiat and I will do my best to guide you through tonight's action. You can tweet me at @tengkiat if you have any comments as well!