MSL Round Report Week 3: PKNS upset Kelantan, LionsXII produce stirring comeback

Round 3 of the Malaysia Super League saw Selangor climb up to the top, Kelantan drop to fourth, while champions LionsXII held Johor Darul Ta'zim away from home

The third round of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) saw the Argentinians take the spotlight with some world-class displays for their respective teams, and also saw a new leader in the table.

If late goals were key for some of the teams last week, this round of the MSL saw two teams make a terrific comeback to earn hard-fought points.

PKNS FC continued their winning momentum after defeating ATM last week by beating Kelantan FA 2-1 at Kota Bharu.  The home team took the lead through Fakri Saarani but PKNS fought back through Fauzan Dzulkifli and Mohd Haminuddin to complete an upset and kick the Red Warriors from the top of the table.

Selangor FA took over the number one spot in the league after a goal from Paulo Rangel - his third of the season - was enough for the Red Giants to defeat Malaysia Cup champions Pahang FA. This was the Elephants' second defeat after losing to Sime Darby last time out, and the win has put Selangor on top of the table with six points.

Joining the Red Giants at the top are Terengganu FA, who comfortably beat neighbours T-Team in Kuala Terengganu. Goals from Marcio Da Silva and Ashaari Samsudin in the second half were good enough to give the Turtles their second win of the season and put them second in the table.

Perak FA, who defeated Terengganu last Saturday, could not continue their fine form as they suffered a defeat against ATM FA at Selayang Stadium. Juan Arostegui opened his goal-scoring account for ATM this season with a first half goal, which was enough to give the Gladiators three points and put them third in the league.

Arostegui was not the only Argentinian who scored in this round as both Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figureoa got on the scoresheet for Johor Darul Takzim against LionsXII. Both players scored in the first half, with Aimar’s sublime free kick giving Jimenez’s men a comfortable lead before half time. But the LionsXII came back in the second half with goals from Khairul Amri and Hafiz Sujad to give the champions a well-deserved point to bring back to Singapore.

Sarawak FA picked up their first three points of the season after hitting three past Sime Darby in Kuching. Goals from Joseph Kalang Tie, Gabor Gyepes and Milorad Janjus gave Sarawak fans something to cheer about and the result has brought them out of the relegation zone.

The MSL is already taking a number of twists and turns this season with some upset victories and great comebacks from the teams.