|MAN OF THE MATCH
Pahang 3-1 Sarawak
It is no secret that the versatile attacker is recognised as one of the more dangerous players within the nation, but he turned on the style on Saturday night, to inspire his team to an emphatic victory against the Crocs.
Azamuddin was everywhere on the final third. He was amazing down the flanks, with his pace and trickery. At the same time, his combination with R. Gopinathan did nothing but prove his credibility as a game changer. The first goal was purely predatory insticts, as the 28 year-old fired home to open the scoring.
But the second one was a perfect illustration of terrific precision. Jalaluddin Jaafar floated in a cross from the right, and Azamuddin leaped, made contact with the ball, and headed home to double Pahang's lead. The manner in which he angled the header was immaculate, and it sent goosebumps over to the Sarawak camp.
For most of the game, Azamuddin was constantly causing troubles. He was there on the right, he was there in the center and he was also there on the left. Chances after chances were carved open, and Azamuddin could have even had a hat-rick, if not for Sani Kamsani's terrific save in the second half.
The 3-1 win gives Pahang a massive advantage ahead of the second leg clash in Kuching. Sarawak will be looking to bounce back with the backing of their boisterous crowd, but I'm pretty sure that Robert Alberts will be asking his men to pay more attention on stopping Azamuddin. Because if anything, stopping him from running rampant will be important for them to stake any claims over a spot in the final.