MSL matchday 18: JDT claim fifth title, Kelantan restore survival hope

Football Malaysia LLP
The 2018 Super League title has been captured with four rounds remaining, but a new team now occupy the bottom of the standings.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

The league title has been captured with four rounds of the Malaysia Super League remaining. Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) bagged their fifth consecutive league title, with a 2-1 away win over Perak on Tuesday.

In the match that was held at the Perak Stadium, the hosts opened the scoring through Nor Hakim Hassan's 72nd minute goal, but Hariss Harun equalised for the Southern Tigers just three minutes later. In the 83rd minute they completed their comeback, when Safawi Rasid headed a cross into the back of the net to give them the three points and secure the league title.

Goals from the Perak-JDT match

At the Hang Jebat Stadium, visitors Kedah fell to a shock 4-1 defeat to Melaka United. The Mousedeers went in front through two quick goals by Khair Jones and Gopinathan Ramachandra, in the 34th and 38th minutes respectively. Paulo Rangel pulled one back for the Red Eagles from the spot in the 53rd minute, but in the 62nd minute Gopinathan added his second of the night. Ifedayo Omosuyi's 85th minute goal sealed the win for the hosts.

Goals scored in the Melaka-Kedah match

In Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu moved up to third spot with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Kuala Lumpur. Guilherme de Paula opened the scoring for the visitors in the 33rd minute, but just five minutes later Abdul Malik Ariff equalised for the Turtles. Igor Zonjic gave the hosts the lead in the 53rd minute, and Abdul Latiff Suhaimi sealed the win in injury time.

Goals scored in the Terengganu-Kuala Lumpur match

On Wednesday, bottom-placed Kelantan gave themselves some hope in the relegation battle, when they defeated recent FA Cup runners up Selangor 2-1 at home. Shafiq Shaharudin, who made his Malaysia debut last week, opened the scoring in the 35th minute through a wonderful curler, but the Red Warriors then missed chance after chance to extend their lead, despite the porous Selangor defence. Substitute Sean Selvaraj equalised for the Red Giants in the 78th minute, but in the 86th minute Danial Ashraf Abdullah's goal sealed the three points and gave them their first win since June 5.

Goals from the Kelantan vs Selangor match

Pahang, who last Saturday won the FA Cup title, meanwhile were held to a goalless draw by PKNP FC in Kuantan.

Pahang vs PKNP match highlights

Negeri Sembilan meanwhile dropped down to last place when they were edged 5-3 by PKNS FC at the Shah Alam Stadium. Faris Ramli opened the scoring for the Red Ants in the 11th minute, but Khairul Anwar Shahrudin levelled the score 10 minutes later. Safee Sali and Bruno Matos then restored the hosts' lead, with their 25th and 31st minute goals. Flavio Beck Junior pulled one back for Negeri deep in the injury time of the first half, but Romel Morales restored PKNS' two-goal lead one minute into the second half, only for Angel Guirado to slash it back to one with his 49th minute goal. But the Deer could not find the equaliser, and Khyril Muhymeen Zambri scored the hosts' fifth goal of the night, and his first of the season, deep in injury time.

Goals scored in the PKNS-Negeri Sembilan match

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