Rangel on target again as Selangor advance to last-16

Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel was on target for the second game running as Selangor claimed a 2-0 win over Harimau Muda C in the first round of the 2014 Malaysia Cup.

Rangel, who signed for the Red Giants after a successful spell with Perak last season, had opened his account for his new club at the weekend with two goals against T-Team.

And just like in that game, it was the Brazilian who again found the breakthrough after his side failed to break down their opponents in the first half, opening the scoring eight minutes after the break.

16 minutes from time, Rangel’s compatriot and fellow new signing Juninho added a second to seal the victory and send Selangor into the Round of 16.

Standing between them and a place in the quarter-finals are Sarawak, who needed extra-time to beat Penang 2-1 on Tuesday.


Vissai Ninh Binh end Ha Noi T&T’s perfect start

Ha Noi T&T’s perfect start to the 2014 V.League 1 campaign was brought to an end on Wednesday after they were beaten 3-1 by XM The Vissai Ninh Binh at the Hang Day Stadium.

Entering the game second on the table with wins over Becamex Binh Duong and Hoang Anh Gia Lai in their opening two games, Ha Noi fell behind after just five minutes when Sam Gallagher scored an own-goal.

Kavin Bryan then doubled Vissai’s advantage in the 11th minute, although the hosts hit back four minutes later through a Hoang Vu Samson effort.

But four minutes after the half-hour mark, Patiyo Tambwe netted his second goal in two games to wrap up the three points for the visitors and send them seven places up to fourth on the table.

ATM booted out of FA Cup; LIONSXII cruise through

ATM were knocked out in the first round of the Malaysia FA Cup on Tuesday after being beaten 2-1 by Sime Darby at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.

The hosts took the lead after 16 minutes when Syria international Mahmoud Amnah opened the scoring, but ATM hit back through a Rezal Zambery Yahya effort six minutes after the hour mark.

However, Amnah netted again six minutes from time to win it for Sime Darby and condemn the Armed Forces to an opening-round exit.

Super League champions LIONSXII bounced back from last Friday’s 1-0 loss to Pahang by cruising to a 3-0 win over DRB-Hicom at the Bishan Stadium.

Sufian Anuar was the star of the show for the Singaporean side as he broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, before turning provider eight minutes after halftime; racing onto Zulfahmi Arifin’s through-ball and unselfishly laying it off to leave Gabriel Quak with a simple tap-in.

And in injury, the LIONSXII secured their progress when Faris Ramli added a third on the rebound, after Sufian’s initial effort had been saved by Mohd Jibrail.

Lying in wait for Fandi Ahmad’s men are Pahang, who beat Perak on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

After Azamuddin Akil had fired Tok Gajah ahead, Hardi Jaafar equalised for Perak four minutes later before Myanmar international Kyaw Zayar Win put them in front on the stroke of halftime.

But in the 57th minute, Damion Stewart netted to make it 2-2 and with neither side able to find the winner, the tie went to the dreaded shootout where Pahang triumphed 5-4.

Kedah left it late to record an impressive 4-0 win over Kuala Lumpur at the Darul Aman Stadium.

After struggling to break down their opponents for much of the game, Hijau-Kuning finally took the lead in the 78th minute when Khairul Helmi Johari headed home a Baddrol Bakhtiar corner, and Khyril Muhymeen made it 2-0 just two minutes later with an easy finish.

Adam Griffiths then made sure of the win by heading home a third from two yards, before the Australian rounded things off in injury-time by grabbing his second of the game with a cracking volley.

PKNS FC were also winners on Tuesday as they defeated Darul Takzim II 3-2 at the Naval Base Stadium.

Terengganu had no problems advancing to the next round after claiming an emphatic 4-0 win over Shahzan Muda at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.

A Marcio Souza brace and a strike from Abdul Manaf Mamat handed the Turtles a 3-0 lead by the 41st minute, but the former wasted a chance to complete his hat-trick when he missed a penalty just before the break.

However, that setback did little to affect the outcome of the game as Terengganu completed the rout 14 minutes from time after Zairo Anuar Zalani added a fourth.

Elsewhere, Maldives international Ali Ashfaq struck the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute to hand PDRM a 1-0 home win over SPA FC, while late goals from K. Ravindran and Faiz Nasir helped PBAPP beat Cebagoo 2-0.

Shukor Adan’s 72nd-minute strike was enough to help FELDA United beat Negeri Sembilan 1-0, while T-Team survived a late fightback from UiTM FC to claim a 3-2 win at the UiTM Stadium.

Evaldo Goncalves opened the scoring for the Titans after just three minutes before doubling his tally in the 14th minute, and it looked as though a real rout was on the cards after Fabio Flor made it 3-0 a minute after the half-hour mark.

But UiTM fought back after the break and pulled one back thanks to an Adam Othman effort in the 50th minute, before Obi Ikechukwu reduced the deficit further seven minutes after the hour mark, although T-Team ultimately held on for the win.

Sabah claimed a hard-fought 1-0 triumph at Kuantan thanks to Marwan Sayedeh’s 18th-minute strike, while Sarawak needed extra-time to beat Penang 2-1 at the Sarawak State Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Alireza Abbasfard fired the hosts ahead in the 77th minute, only for Bashier Napae to equalise for Penang right at the death.

But in the ninth minute of injury-time, Gabor Gyepes restored Sarawak’s lead, which ultimately proved enough for the win.

Finally, two goals from Farizal Rozali either side of halftime helped Perlis to a 2-1 win over Malacca United, whose only strike came from Rashid Mahmud in the 41st minute.

Tuesday’s Malaysia FA Cup First Round Results

Kedah 4-0 Kuala Lumpur

Kuantan 0-1 Sabah


Malacca United 1-2 Perlis

Negeri Sembilan 0-1 FELDA United

PBAPP 2-0 Cebagoo


Perak 2-2 Pahang (4-5 on penalties)

PKNS FC 3-2 Darul Takzim II

Sarawak 2-1 Penang (after extra-time)

Sime Darby 2-1 ATM

Terengganu 4-0 Shahzan Muda

UiTM FC 2-3 T-Team

Song Lam Nghe An, Ha Noi T&T maintain perfect starts

Song Lam Nghe An made it two wins from two in the 2014 V.League 1 campaign on Sunday after cruising to a 6-1 victory over QNK Quang Nam at the Vinh Stadium.

Paul Emile Biyaga fired the hosts ahead after just five minutes, before Tran Phi Son made it 2-0 in the 25th minute.

Biyaga grabbed his second of the game in the 38th minute to give SLNA a healthy lead at halftime but they showed no signs of letting after the break; Nguyen Hong Viet netting his side’s fourth in the 57th minute.

Just two minutes later, Cameroonian forward Edouard Ndjodo got in on the act before Le Cong Vinh added a sixth in the 71st minute to complete the rout, although Quang Nam did manage a consolation effort through Yahaya Adamu three minutes later.

The result was enough to send Song Lam Nghe An top of the table on goal difference ahead of Ha Noi T&T, who also maintained their perfect start to the new season with a 4-1 win at Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

Vietnam international Nguyen Van Quyet put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute before Hoang Vu Samson added a second three minutes before the hour mark, but HAGL hit back thanks to Timothy Anjembe’s 72nd-minute effort.

However, Nguyen Ngoc Duy restored Ha Noi’s two-goal cushion when he netted three minutes from the end, before Van Quyet rounded things off by doubling his tally in the fifth minute of injury-time.

Elsewhere on Friday, Than Quang Ninh overcame a halftime deficit to beat XM The Vissai Ninh Binh 3-1 at the Ninh Binh Stadium.

While it had been Vissai who took a 21st minute lead through a strike from ex-Congo international Patiyo Tambwe, Peter Omoduemuke equalised for the visitors three minutes into the second half.

From there, the momentum swung in Quang Ninh’s favour and they edged ahead three minutes later thanks to an Uche Iheruome effort, before Vu Minh Tuan struck to seal the win in the 70th minute.

On Saturday, Dong Tam Long An produced a stunning late comeback to hold Hai Phong to a 2-2 draw at the Long An Stadium.

Hai Phong looked headed for victory after Nguyen Quang Hai fired them ahead in the 22nd minute, before Andre Fagan doubled their advantage seven minutes after the hour mark.

But with eight minutes left on the clock, Phan Vai Tai Em netted to keep Long An’s hopes alive, and six minutes later, Danny Mrwanda found the back of the net to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Saturday’s other game saw Thanh Hoa beat SHB Da Nang 1-0 thanks to Nastja Ceh’s 95th-minute winner, while Hung Vuong An Giang and Dong Nai played out a 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Friday’s 2014 V.League 1 Results

Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1-4 Ha Noi T&T

XM The Vissai Ninh Binh 1-3 Than Quang Ninh

Saturday’s 2014 V.League 1 Results

Thanh Hoa 1-0 SHB Da Nang

Dong Tam Long An 2-2 Hai Phong

Sunday’s 2014 V.League 1 Results

Hung Vuong An Giang 0-0 Dong Nai

Song Lam Nghe An 6-1 QNK Quang Nam

LIONSXII beaten in season opener; Selangor victorious

Defending champions LIONSXII fell to defeat in their opening match of the 2014 Malaysia Super League campaign after losing 1-0 to Pahang.

Following a goalless first half in Friday’s match at the Darulmakmur Stadium, which also doubled as the Charity Shield clash, Tok Gajah went on to claim all three points after Argentinean striker Matias Conti netted the only goal of the game in the 57th minute – netting on the rebound after opposition goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud had made a fine save to deny Abdul Malik Mat Ariff in a one-on-one situation.

Perennial challengers Selangor opened their season with victory a day later after cruising to a 2-0 triumph over T-Team at the MBPJ Stadium.

New signing Paulo Rangel broke the deadlock five minutes after the hour mark when he nodded home from six yards after the opposition defence failed to clear their lines, before he wrapped up the three points for the Red Giants seven minutes later when he met Abdul Hadi Yahya’s right-wing cross with a bullet header into the back of the net.

Big-spending Johor Darul Ta’zim were also winners on Saturday after beating Perak 2-0 at home.

Amri Yahyah put Harimau Selatan ahead in the 38th minute when met Mahalli Jasuli’s corner at the near post and sent a terrific header into the back of the net, but they were struggled to find a second as the visitors provided plenty of resistance.

However, Perak were dealt a real blow in the 85th minute when Raffi Nagoorgani was sent off and three minutes later, JDT killed off the contest after Safiq Rahim received the ball from Hariss Harun and slid a visionary through-pass to Luciano Figueroa, who coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

2012 champions Kelantan came from a goal down to beat Sime Darby 2-1 at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium.

Fadzli Saari had given the visitors an eighth-minute lead, but that was cancelled out on the hour mark when Lebanon international Mohammed Ghaddar equalised for the Red Warriors.

And with nine minutes on the clock, Ghaddar struck once more to hand the three points to Kelantan.

ATM overcame a tricky test against newly-promoted Sarawak as they recorded a 2-0 win thanks to first-half goals from Marlon Alex James and D. Christie Jayaseelan.

Finally, PKNS FC threw away a lead and were beaten 2-1 by Terengganu at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.

The visitors edged ahead in the 19th minute thanks to a strike by Indonesia international Hamka Hamzah but Mamadou Barry equalised for the Turtles four minutes later, before the Guinean popped up again in the 67th minute to net the winner.

Friday’s Malaysia Super League Results

Perak 1-0 LIONSXII

Saturday’s Malaysia Super League Results

Selangor 2-0 T-Team

ATM 2-0 Sarawak

Kelantan 2-1 Sime Darby

Terengganu 2-1 PKNS FC

Johor Darul Ta’zim 2-0 Perak

Bothroyd backs Muangthong to challenge for TPL title

Muangthong United’s new signing Jay Bothroyd believes the club have what it takes to challenge for silverware in the new season.

2013 was a disappointing year for the Twin Qilins as they finished second in the Thai Premier League, six points behind champions Buriram United, and were also eliminated from the FA Cup and League Cup in the semi-finals and Round of 16 respectively.

Determined to ensure there is no repeat in the coming campaign, the club hierarchy has been extremely active in rebuilding the squad during the off-season; shipping out seasoned campaigners such as Panupong Wongsa and Jakkapan Pornsai and bringing in new faces like Wuttichai Tathong and Milan Bubalo.

However, they unveiled their biggest signing on Wednesday when they confirmed the signing of Bothroyd, who has played in the Barclays Premier League with Coventry, Blackburn and QPR and won one cap for England back in 2010.

The 31-year-old, who also spent just over a season in Serie A with Perugia, revealed he had offers to play in some of Asia’s biggest leagues but ultimately chose to move to Thailand as he was impressed by Muangthong’s ambition.

“The first thing I want to do is thank Muangthong for their trust and confidence in my ability,” he said on the club’s official website. “This is a new challenge in my life.

“There were many teams interested in me, including [Barclays] Premier League teams and sides playing in the [UEFA] Champions League.

“There were also Asian sides [interested in me] from the Chinese Super League and the K-League Classic, but I decided to join Muangthong because I was impressed by the team.

“The club is one of Thailand’s most famous and most successful clubs. We are certainly capable of winning the title every season.

“There are plenty of quality players in the team, the management is very professional and the fans are excellent.”

Muangthong coach Scott Cooper expressed his belief that Bothroyd would play a key role in the Twin Qilins’ aspirations for 2014.

“Jay is not only a tall player, but someone with good technique,” he said. “In our last pre-season game, he showed that he can adapt to our football.

“I have no doubt that Jay’s arrival will indeed strengthen us for the new season.”

Bothroyd became the first Cardiff player to represent England when he won his first cap in a 2-1 loss to France back in November 2010.

Fit-again Subramaniam relishing Darul Ta’zim challenge

S. Subramaniam is relishing the challenge of fighting for his place in Johor Darul Ta’zim’s star-studded side despite missing the past 12 months through injury.

Subramaniam, who missed the whole of last season after picking up a serious knee injury in the 2012 Malaysia Cup final, is one of many new faces at the Larkin Stadium after opting to join the club from Malaysia Super League rivals Kelantan.

Although he was regarded as one of Malaysia’s best defenders prior to his injury, many questioned his decision to join Harimau Selatan, who have no shortage of top-class defenders like ex-ATM star Aidil Zafuan, Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan, former Selangor captain Asraruddin Putra Omar and veteran Azizi Matt Rose.

However, the 28-year-old insists he had put his injury problems behind him and is ready to prove his worth to coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez.

“I have fully recovered from my surgery,” he told The Star. “I just lack match fitness after the long break but I believe that I’m ready to start the season.

“As a professional, I want to compete with the best players. We have four international centre-backs in the team and I want to show that I’m as good as them.”

In a busy off-season, JDT pulled off a major coup by adding former Argentina internationals Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figueroa to their squad, along with the likes of ex-Selangor star Amri Yahyah, Malaysia centre-back Fadhli Shas and Singapore vice-captain Hariss Harun.

Nonetheless, Subramaniam has played down expectations by claiming his new side will have to deliver on the pitch.

“There are no stars in the team,” he added. “We have yet to win anything.

“The players should only be called stars after helping the team win titles this season.

“We have a strong squad and I believe the team will end the title drought this season.”

During his time at Kelantan, Subramaniam won two Super League titles, two Malaysia Cups and the FA Cup once.