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Selangor move up to third again as Melaka stumble

11:59 PM EDT 6/15/19
Endrick dos Santos, Selangor, Malaysia Super League, 15062019
The Red Giants retook the third spot with a 2-1 win over Klang Valley rivals Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, following the conclusion of round 16 of MSL.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


The Red Giants retook the third spot with a 2-1 win over Klang Valley rivals Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, following the conclusion of round 16 of the Malaysia Super League.

Due to injuries to his players, Selangor boss B. Satiananthan made drastic changes to his line-up. They were made to wait until the 36th minute for the first goal, Ifedayo Olesegun slotting the ball past goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee. But a controversial penalty to the visitors, awarded by referee Fitri Maskon after he had initially flagged Guilherme de Paula for offside, allowed the Brazilian striker to equalise from the spot at the hour mark. An assistant referee insisted that Fandi Othman's pull on Darko Markovic should be penalised by a spot kick. Kuala Lumpur then sat deep wanting to defend the one point, but deep in injury time, Fitri made another contentious call; punishing Luke Woodland for stopping Sean Selvaraj in his own box. The other soft penalty in the match was converted by Sandro da Silva for the winner.

Melaka United and Terengganu FC meanwhile played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Hang Jebat Stadium. Goals by Davy Angan (17') and Luka Milunovic (30') allowed the hosts to go in front, but Sanjar Shaakhmedov pulled one back in the 41st minute. Angan restored the Mousedeers' two-goal lead just three minutes into the second half, but Shaakhmedov and the visitors never gave up. The Uzbekistani struck twice in the 72nd and 82nd minutes to allow the Turtles to come away with a point, which could have been three had Lee Tuck managed to convert the penalty they were awarded at the hour mark.

These results, as well as the goalless draw between Kedah and Pahang on Friday, allowed Selangor to move back up to third in the standings, two points behind Pahang.

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