Selangor moved back top of the Malaysia Super League on Saturday after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sime Darby at the Selayang Stadium.
It was the hosts who took the lead after just three minutes when Failee Ghazali found the back of the net with a clinical strike from ten yards out, but Paulo Rangel equalised for Selangor four minutes before halftime when he coolly finished from Bunyamin Umar’s low cross.
And five minutes from the end, the Brazilian striker netted again – his fifth goal of the campaign – after spreading the ball out wide to Abdul Hadi Yahya, before racing into the box to meet the return delivery with a towering header into the back of the net to hand the Red Giants all three points.
The win was enough to help Selangor reclaim top spot, after they were displaced on Friday evening following Sarawak’s 2-0 win over PKNS FC.
Milorad Janjus opened the scoring for the Crocs at the MBPJ Stadium after nine minutes when he latched onto Ronny Harun’s long throw and smashed home at the near post.
Seven minutes later, the same trick worked again as PKNS failed to deal with another throw-in down the right, allowing Gabor Gyepes to send a header into the back of the net.
Elsewhere on Friday, Johor Darul Ta’zim were left stunned as they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Pahang at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
The hosts took the lead in the 13th minute when Matias Conti nipped in to win the ball off Izuan Jarudin on the edge of the box, before racing through to coolly slot home.
However, Harimau Selatan pulled level on the stroke of halftime thanks to a wonder strike from Pablo Aimar; the former Argentina international received a cut-back from Amri Yahyah and sent a rocket of a strike into the top corner.
But two minutes after the restart, Pahang reclaimed when Fauzi Roslan netted on the rebound after Damion Stewart’s header had come back off the post, only for Safee Sali to make it 2-2 in the 72nd minute with a bullet header from Safiq Rahim’s freekick.
Nonetheless, it was Pahang who went on to claim the three points in injury-time when Hafiz Kamal was left unmarked inside the area, and proceeded to send a glancing header past Norazlan Razali for the winner.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium, defending champions LIONSXII were held to a 0-0 draw by Terengganu, while Perak claimed an impressive 2-1 victory over Kelantan at the Perak Stadium.
Sukri Abdul Hamid fired the hosts ahead in the 12th minute by stabbing the ball into the unguarded net after Khairul Fahmi had flapped at Noor Hazrul Mustafa’s freekick, but the Red Warriors pulled level ten minutes into the second half when Mohamed Shawky scored; Ahmad Fakri Saarani chesting Badhri Radzi’s delivery to the Egypt international, who sent an emphatic strike into the roof of the net.
Still, it was Perak who the last laugh as youngster Khairul Asyraf Sahizah struck 11 minutes from time, sending a looping header over Fahmi after another error from the Malaysia international saw him stranded in no man’s land, to condemn the visitors to their second straight league defeat.
Finally, a last-gasp equaliser saw T-Team hold ATM to a 2-2 draw at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.
Although Azlan Ismail had given the Titans a 14th-minute lead, centre-back Norfazly Alias popped up to equalise for ATM five minutes before halftime, before Bruno Martelotto put them in front in the 63rd minute.
But just as the Gladiators looked set to claim three points, Khairan Ezuan Razali struck to earn T-Team a share of the spoils.
Friday’s 2014 Malaysia Super League Results
PKNS FC 0-2 Sarawak
Pahang 3-2 Johor Darul Ta’zim
Saturday’s 2014 Malaysia Super League Results
LIONSXII 0-0 Terengganu
Perak 2-1 Kelantan
T-Team 2-2 ATM
Sime Darby 1-2 Selangor