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  • April 15, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
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  • Well, that is all from me tonight. Stay tuned to Goal Singapore for the report and ratings to follow later, as well as the reactions. My name is Teng Kiat and it has been an absolute pleasure. You can find me at @tengkiat on Twitter as well. Good night!
  • Sufian completely changed the game when he came on. There was nothing spectacular about all three of his strikes, but he was in the right place at the right time. That is all that matters, though.
  • What a victory for Fandi Ahmand's charges and what a splendid response to their poor home displays in the last two games. The coach will surely be beaming from ear to ear later at the press conference.
  • 90' + 5'
    FULL-TIME!! LionsXII 4-1 Pahang FA!! What a win!
  • 90' + 5'
    Assist Khairul Amri
  • 90' + 5'
    Goal Sufian Anuar
    GOAL!!! HAT-TRICK FOR SUFIAN!!! Amri's shot from close range is saved and he turns the rebound on to the post, before the ball bounces out nicely for an unmarked Sufian to smash in!! 4-1!!
  • 90' + 3'
    Assist Khairul Amri
  • 90' + 3'
    Goal Sufian Anuar
    GOAL!!! SUFIAN SEALS THE VICTORY!! The LionsXII break brilliantly down the left and Amri's cross from the left takes a deflection, falling nicely for Sufian at the far post, His shot is saved well, but the striker is able to knock in the rebound. Game sealed!
  • 90'
    NO HANDBALL! The referee is once again unmoved as Stewart howls for handball, with the defender convinced it had struck a LionsXII defender's arm!
  • 86'
    WIDE! Azidan lets fly from 30 yards and his grounder skids wide. Not far off, that.
  • 83'
    Faris breaks down the right and gets to the ball ahead of the goalkeeper. He is forced wide but his cross seems to hit a defender's arm. The crowd howls, the players appeal, but the referee is unmoved.
  • 82'
    Substitution Hafiz Sujad Firdaus Kasman
  • 82'
    SAVE! Izwan once again denies Nwakaeme, who did superbly to turn and shoot from the edge of the box. The corner is subsequently claimed with authority by Izwan.
  • 79'
    Assist Khairul Amri
  • 79'
    Goal Sufian Anuar
    GOAL!!!! THE LIONSXII GO AHEAD!! The pressure pays off as Faritz's cross is deflected to the edge of the box, where Amri takes a shot. The ball comes off Azidan and into the path of Sufian, who sticks out a toe to divert it past the goalkeeper from close range!!
  • 76'
    About 15 minutes left to play, not including injury time, and one gets the sense that Pahang are happy to settle for the point. You can bet the LionsXII aren't, from the way they've been pushing since the half began.
  • 75'
    The goalkeeper is able to continue, to the relief of the Pahang staff. They have used up all three substitutions and would have been in big trouble if their custodian couldn't carry on.
  • 74'
    Khairul goes down after punching a cross away as Hafiz challenged. Referee blows for a foul, but surely that is a 50-50. Poor.
  • 71'
    OVER! Amri gets a chance to shoot from 25 yards and he does, but blasts the ball wildly wide. He might have wished he didn't take it on. Hasn't been his night so far.
  • 71'
    Yellow Card R. Surendran
    The substitute is deservedly booked for bringing down Faris.
  • 69'
    Substitution Hafiz Kamal Faizol Hussien
    Third and final change from the visitors. Hafiz has not had much of an impact tonight.
  • 66'
    SAVE! Azidan tries to catch Izwan off guard with a shot instead of crossing for Conti, but the goalkeeper does well to gather the bouncing effort.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Faritz Hameed
    The right-back brings down Gopi and picks out a booking, which rules him out of the next game.
  • 60'
    Substitution Zeshan Rehman Matías Conti
  • 57'
    OVER! SO CLOSE!! Literally seconds after coming on, Sufian fires over from 12 yards after Faris cuts the ball back to him. What a chance. He should be putting that on target, at the very least!
  • 57'
    Substitution Khairul Nizam Sufian Anuar
    Nizam can't continue and Sufian comes on as Fandi elects to keep two upfront.
  • 53'
    Substitution Azamuddin Akil R. Surendran
  • 51'
    CLOSE!! Faritz races into the box to latch on to a great through pass from Faris, touches it past the goalkeeper, but the angle is too tight and he can't get his shot on target!!
  • 49'
    CLOSE! Gopinathan swings in a lovely cross but it's just too high for Fauzi in the centre, while Azamuddin decided not to gamble by attacking the far post.
  • 48'
    Faris goes down after a tangle with Stewart, but nothing is given. Right call, me thinks. Already, it's end to end stuff here, in keeping with how the first half ended.
  • 45'
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF!! LionsXII 1-1 Pahang FA!
  • 5'
    That seems to be it for Nizam. He went down after a challenge and looks to have done his knee. What a shame. The boy has terrible luck with injuries.
  • The LionsXII will be a little disappointed with that half-time whistle, for the momentum was clearly with them. But Pahang has shown that they are a quality side and the second half is all to play for, really. I am wagering that we'll see Matias Conti on soon enough.
  • Well, that was rather good, wasn't it? The LionsXII went down early thanks to poor marking at a free-kick, allowing Stewart to finish from close range. But they rallied and deservedly equalised through Captain Fantastic aka Safuwan, dominating more of the game after that. End to end, pulsating stuff.
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF-TIME! LionsXII 1-1 Pahang FA!
  • 45' + 2'
    SAVE! Pahang break and Nwakaeme manages to dink the cross to Gopi at the far post, but Izwan comes out well to force him wide and make the block!
  • 45' + 2'
    Before that, Amri was brought down by Razman but the referee was unmoved by the penalty appeals. Looked like a foul to me though.
  • 45' + 1'
    GREAT TACKLE! Faritz does brilliantly to get back and cut out Azamuddin's low cross to Fauzi Roslan!
  • 44'
    Gopi, for some reason, decides to barge into Faris and concede a free-kick despite two of his team-mates already converging on the winger. Fortunately, the delivery from Hafiz comes to nothing.
  • 41'
    SAVE! Amri produces a couple of stepovers to get away from his man and fires in a left-footed drive from an angle, but Khairul gets down well at his near post to save.
  • 39'
    End to end stuff here now. Game started at a relatively slow pace but it has certainly picked up in the last half hour or so. Fandi's change of tactics seems to be working a treat as well. Safuwan cutting a confident figure in midfield.
  • 37'
    The LionsXII have had the upper hand and the momentum since Safuwan scored that equaliser. What a good finish it was. What a player he is.
  • 36'
    CLOSE! Faris whips in a delicious low ball from the right and Khairul hesistates, half-coming out and managing to get a slight nick on it. That is enough to put off Hafiz Sujad at the far post, who couldn't redirect the ball into an empty net!
  • 35'
    Meanwhile, there has been a change in the LionsXII set up, which took place when Raihan went off. Faritz is back in the right-back position, with Madhu moving in to centre-back to replace Safuwan, who is pushed into central midfield. Hafiz Sujad has gone to the left and Faris Ramli on the right.
  • 33'
    This time, the delivery is disappointing as Hafiz curls the ball towards the far post and out of play.
  • 33'
    Free-kick again for the LionsXII, this time near the edge of the box on the right. Hafiz and Faris stand over the ball...
  • 32'
    SAVE! The corner is headed back aross by Rehman before it is laid off for Gopi. The winger scuffs his volley but Nwakaeme nearly diverts it past Izwan, who does well to hold on.
  • 31'
    OVER! Nwakaeme causes problems again as he barges into the box and his effort takes a deflection before looping narrowly over the bar!
  • 29'
    Goal Safuwan Baharudin
    GOAL!!!! SAFUWAN AGAIN!!! Hafiz's corner is punched out by Khairul but it's weak. The ball falls to Safuwan near the top of the box and the captain volleys in a fine first-time finish into the bottom left corner!! 1-1!!
  • 28'
    WIDE! Hafiz Sujad's cross is met by Faris, but his effort is deflected behind!
  • 27'
    OVER! WHAT A CHANCE! The delivery is good from Faris and an unmarked Madhu rises well to meet the ball, but can only head it over from four yards! That was a great chance!
  • 27'
    Chance for the LionsXII here, free-kick 35 yards out near the left touchline. The supporters scream for a goal. Faris stands over it...
  • 23'
    Yellow Card Hafiz Kamal
    Shakir is brought down as he tries to initiate a LionsXII break and we have the first booking of the game.
  • 22'
    BLOCK! Rehman rises well to get to the corner but Safuwan does well to get in the way!
  • 21'
    SAVE! GREAT STOP FROM IZWAN! Nwakaeme shrugs off three players and bustles towards goal before unleashing a fierce 25-yard grounder that the goalkeeper does brilliantly to tip behind!
  • 21'
    Substitution Raihan Rahman Aqhari Abdullah
  • 20'
    Raihan Rahman has been stretchered off. Hope he's okay. Aqhari set to come on. A blow for the LionsXII here.
  • 17'
    CLOSE SHAVE! Amri, who's dropped deep to get the ball, releases Faris down the left and his cross should have been a routine catch for Khairul. However, the goalkeeper spills the ball with Nizam lurking, but fortunately is able to recover before anyone else gets to it.
  • 16'
    Pahang looking well organised, often breaking through Gopi down the left. His pace and trickery a treat to watch but a nightmare for the LionsXII to deal with. Amri and Nizam haven't clicked so far while the midfield is struggling to hold on to the ball.
  • 11'
    CHANCE!! Pahang get a free-kick clear but Raihan manages to loop it back into the box. Safuwan is free but he can't get a touch on the bouncing ball and Khairul gratefully claims!
  • 8'
    Assist Azidan Sarudin
  • 8'
    Goal Damion Stewart
    GOAL!!! PAHANG TAKE AN EARLY LEAD!! A fairly straightforward but effective goal, as Azidan's wicked delivery from the left is met by a charging Stewart, whose first-time finish from close range gave Izwan no chance at all!
  • 5'
    WIDE! Gopinathan whips in a beauty of a cross from the left that finds Azamuddin Akil at the far post, but the winger can't sidefoot his shot on target! That was a brilliant delivery, completing cutting out the two centre-backs and left-back.
  • 4'
    WIDE! Shakir surges down the left and into the box but his low cross is cut out. The LionsXII earn a corner, but Shakir can only head Hafiz's delivery wide at the far post!
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF!!
  • We are all ready for kick-off. Moments away. What is your prediction? Tweet me @tengkiat if you want to have a say!
  • The LionsXII are decked out in their light blue away strip, instead of the usual red and white combination. Maybe hoping for a change of luck? Considering how their away form is much better. Pahang, in their yellow and navy blue ensemble, look like the home team.
  • The LionsXII's home form has been patchy of late, to say the least. A 1-1 draw against T-Team was followed by a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sime Darby FC on Saturday, with both teams - no disrespect to them - expected not to have caused problems to Fandi's men. There's some redemption to be done tonight from the hosts.
  • So just to recap, here are the line-ups and benches:

    LionsXII: Izwan; Madhu, Safuwan (C), Afiq, Shakir; Faritz, Raihan, Hafiz, Faris; Amri, Nizam

    Bench: Khairulhin, Aqhari, Firdaus, Zulfahmi, Shahfiq, Quak, Sufian.

    Pahang: Khairul; Razman (C), Stewart, Rehman, Shahrizan; Fauzi, Azidan, Hafiz, Gopinathan; Azamuddin, Nwakaeme.

    Bench: Nasril, Jalaluddin, Surendren, Faizol, Malik, Syawal, Conti.
  • For Pahang, joint top-scorer Matias Conti, who also scored the winner when both met in the MSL opener, is on the bench. Dickson Nwakaeme, who also has five goals, is upfront though. Azidan Sairudin and Hafiz Kamal are as good a central midfield pair as they come, while Damion Stewart and Zeshan Rehman are a tough wall to break down.
  • For the LionsXII, it seems like Fandi has decided to go with two strikers upfront, as half-brothers Khairul Amri and Nizam are paired. In midfield, Hafiz Sujad comes in alongside Raihan, while Faritz Hameed is pushed to right wing in a novel approach. Madhu Mohana takes the latter's place at right-back, with Afiq Yunos returning to partner Safuwan Baharudin. Faris Ramli will take the left flank while Gabriel Quak is back in the team and on the bench.
  • Both teams have been out on the pitch for about 15 minutes, doing their warm-up. We are about half an hour away from kick-off. The Lightning Warning System was on at around 6p.m., but it has since gone off and we should still be on track for the usual 7.45p.m. kick-off.
  • Hello everybody, good evening and welcome to Goal Singapore's LIVE play-by-play updates of the MSL game between the LionsXII and Pahang FA tonight! My name is Teng Kiat and I will be in charge of bringing you all the action from Jalan Besar Stadium as it happens.