MSL Round Report: JDT & Terengganu secure important wins

Johor Darul Ta'zim cut the gap to two points while Terengganu sealed an impressive away win over Pahang

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Current leaders, Selangor suffered a shocking defeat against star-studded JDT at Shah Alam Stadium. JDT took control of the game since the beginning but it was Figueroa who found the opener in the 71st minute after Diaz made an excellent through pass. The Red Giants desperately tried to fight back by bringing on all substitutes but the game still ended with a victory for the visitors. This game was Selangor's first MSL defeat at home since May 2012 which also meant that Selangor's gap at the top was slashed from five to just two points.

Pahang moved down to 3rd place after losing at home to Terengganu by 1-4. The visitors gave the home fans an early shock after Javier Estupinan scored in the 16th minute and later on Manat Manaf added the second goal just before the break. The Elephants doubled their effort in the second half and got their reward after Damion Stewart scored in the 65th minute. But the reward was merely a consolation goal as The Turtles continued their amazing performance that night with the third and fourth goal were scored in the dying minute of the match from Zairo Anuar and Ashaari Shamsudin respectively.

In another goal scoring fiesta saw Sime Darby FC took on PKNS FC at Selayang Stadium. The home side gave their fans an early excitement after Fadzli Saari scored in the 2nd minute of the game. They scored another two back to back goals in the 22nd minute and 24th minute from Syukur Saidin and Nazrul Kamarulzaman. With three goals scored in the first half, Ismail Zakaria’s men went for a slower pace game in the second half which the visitors used to score their consolation goal in the 52nd minute from Shahrul Azhar. In the end, Fahkrul Razi scored the last goal of the game for the home side in the 72nd minute to give the team a comfortable 4-1 wins.

Another Terengganu side, T-Team gave their rivals, Kelantan a shocking 1-0 defeat at Kuala Terengganu. George Boateng's excellent run finally came to end with the defeat. Nizad Ayub became the unsung hero for T-Team after he scored the only goal in the match. The victory moves the team to the 9th place and avoid the relegation zone temporarily.

Perak finally showed their superiority as they beat Sarawak by 4 goals to 1 in Ipoh. Man of the match, Marco Tulio scored two goals in each half with his first goal came in the 25th minute from a close range. Milan Purovic scored the second goal to give Abu Bakar’s team a comfortable lead in the early second half. The game turned into a scoring fiesta after Norhakim scored the third goal in the 59th minute. But Ryan Griffiths, the only Sarawak player to perform at his best, scored one for the team from a free kick 4 minutes later but Marco Tulio’s scored his second goal of the night three minutes later to end The Crocs poor performance with an impressive victory.

LionsXII took all three points against ATM in Singapore Indoor Stadium. The reigning champions scored two goals in the first half which was enough to give them another victory. The goals came from Khairul Amri (16’) and Zulfahmi Ariffin (21’).  The Gladiators pulled one back from Rezal Zambery Yahya in the 77th minute but it was little too late for B. Sathianathan’s men to fought back.