Goal Malaysia runs through the best performers in the second round of Malaysian top-flight action
After a thrilling week, we have opted for another compact Goal Malaysia 4-3-1-2 formation. Sarawak's heroic custodian Sani Kamsani played brilliantly to keep out Sime Darby FC's relentless attacks and secured his first clean sheet of the season.
Sarawak's defensive stalwart Gabor Gyepes was on fire against Sime Darby FC, defending all over the pitch and contributing a goal as well. Partnering Gyepes is Terengganu's lanky defender Vincent Bikana, who was pivotal in keeping a clean sheet against Azraai Khor's T-Team. LionsXII's promising defender Safuwan Baharudin instigated an impressive fightback against moneybags Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) as he was pushed to a more advanced role to great effect. Rounding off the solid back four is Selangor's heartbeat, Bunyamin Omar, who man-marked speedster R. Gopinathan out of the game.
Leading our formidable midfield is Argentinian magician Pablo Aimar, who opened his account in Malaysian football with a sumptuous free-kick. Aimar also laid on the perfect through ball for Luciano Figueroa to score the first in their 2-2 draw with LionsXII. Making his second appearance in our team of the week is Selangor's K. Gurusamy, who nullified the threat of Pahang's midfielders, especially the likes of Hafiz Kamal and Azidan Sarudin. The Malaysia midfielder laid on a solid platform for Junior Eldstal to create more futher forward. ATM's Australian import Spase Dilevski started out against Perak as the centre-back but moved into midfield after Rezal was brought off. He didn't look out of place for a second and comfortably denied the Perak midfielders any space to operate. Last but not least, we have Sarawak's Zamri Morshidi, whose electrifying pace was a constant threat to the Sime Darby defence. Twice, his running behind the last defender resulted in penalties for his team.
Up front, LionsXII's hardworking goal machine Khairul Amri leads the line as he turned hero on Tuesday by finding his team's first goal against JDT, which gave them the confidence to score the equaliser just two minutes later. As a senior player in the developmental team, he showed his juniors how to play like men, to never give up when trailing behind. Former Sao Paulo attacker Junior Aparecido, or Juninho, was a handful to Pahang's central defenders, who were made to concentrate on him at the risk of leaving the wings exposed. He provided the cross that led to Selangor's winning goal.
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