MSL matchday nine: Perak approach summit as Pahang slip at home

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Following a stellar run of five straight wins in the MSL, Perak are now in second place, five points behind leaders JDT.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Although Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) remain at the summit of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) following matchday nine, Pahang were usurped to the second place by another club.

On Saturday, Pahang failed to keep up with JDT when they were held 2-2 by Kedah at the Darul Makmur Stadium. The hosts took the lead twice in the match through Chan Vathanaka's tenth-minute goal and Safwan Baharuddin's 40th minute goal, but the Red Eagles were able to level the score both times; thanks to Sandro da Silva's brace (18', 50').

Goals from the Pahang vs Kedah match

JDT recorded their sixth straight league win, when they defeated bottom-placed Negeri Sembilan 4-0 in Seremban, in a match that saw three penalties awarded by the referee. The first penalty was awarded as early as the sixth minute for a Negeri handball, and Gonzalo Cabrera put it away effortlessly. La'vere Cobing-Ong then doubled the visitors lead in the 37th minute following a goalmouth melee. In the 57th minute, the hosts had a chance to pull one back when Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak was deemed to have fouled Fauzi Abdul Latif in the penalty box, but skipper Kim Do-heon only managed to hit the crossbar. In the 63rd minute the visitors were awarded another penalty after Aizulridzwan Razali smashed into Safawi Rasid from behind, and Safawi converted the chance from the spot himself. He doubled his tally five minutes later with a beautiful curler that beat goalkeeper Ilham Amirullah Razali.

Goals from the Negeri Sembilan vs JDT match

PKNS FC meanwhile returned to winning ways, after they overcame strugglers Melaka United 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium. Rafael Ramazotti opened the scoring in the 68th minute with his header, his first goal for the hosts in six competitive matches, before assisting former Malaysia striker Safee Sali's 80th minute strike. The Red Ants jumped two spots to fourth with the win, while the Mousedeers dropped down to tenth.

Goals from the match between PKNS and Melaka

Relegation-threatened Kelantan recorded a rare win, thumping Kuala Lumpur 4-2 at home in Kota Bharu. The hosts were two up within the first 20 minutes, thanks to goals by Nik Azli Nik Alias (10') and Shafiq Shaharudin (16'). Shafiq doubled his tally in the 69th minute, but the visitors pulled one back through veteran attacker Indra Putra Mahayuddin's 80th minute goal. Malaysia U-19 playmaker Nik Akif Syahiran Nik Mat scored Kelantan's final goal of the night in the 89th minute, before Zhafri Yahya netted the Hawks' second in injury time. The win however was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone, as they are one point behind tenth-placed Melaka United.

Goals from the match between Kelantan and KL

On Sunday, the clash between third-placed Perak and fourth-placed Terengganu FC at the Perak Stadium ended in a 3-2 victory to the hosts. The Bos Gaurus went in front as early as the fifth minute, from Wander Luiz' curler. Although the visitors then forced an equaliser through a Robert Cornthwaite own goal in the 11th minute, Gilmar da Silva almost immediately gave Perak the lead again, with his 13th minute goal. The Brazilian then doubled his tally through a spot kick in the 38th minute, after a handball was committed. The Turtles would receive a penalty themselves in the 79th minute for a foul that was then converted by Lee Tuck, but they could not find the equaliser. With the hard-fought win, Mehmet Durakovic's men pippped Pahang to the second spot, five points behind JDT.

Goals from the match between Perak and Terengganu

PKNP FC meanwhile denied Selangor the three points with a last gasp equaliser, that ended the game at 1-1. In the match that was held in Cheras, the hosts opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through Rufino Segovia's goal. The match was earlier stopped for 12 minutes, when the stadium lights went out five minutes into the first half. But the visitors pressed on for the equaliser, and was rewarded for their perseverance in the last seconds of the match, when Hafiz Ramdan struck a low shot from outside the box that went in between the Selangor defenders and into the back of the net. The draw allowed PKNP to remain in seventh place, and was enough to let Selangor climb up one spot to ninth.

Goals from the match between Selangor and PKNP

Matchday ten will take place this coming weekend.

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