Johor Darul Ta’zim made it two wins in a row and stretched their unbeaten run in the Malaysia Super League to six games after beating Perak 1-0 on Tuesday evening.
The only goal of the game at the Perak Stadium came in the 15th minute when Nazrin Nawi opened his account of the season, although Harimau Selatan had to toil for the three points after they had Amirulhadi Zainal sent off eight minutes after the hour mark.
The result was enough to take Darul Ta’zim up to third on the table and they are now just three points off the top.
Meanwhile, Kelantan’s inconsistent ways continued as their two-match winning streak came to an abrupt halt with a shocking 4-0 loss to Sime Darby at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.
New signing Mateo Roskam put the hosts ahead after just six minutes when he headed home Azmirul Azmi’s right-wing cross, before doubling his tally a minute after the restart.
The contest was effectively ended in the 66th minute when Mahmoud Amnah added a third for Sime Darby but the night belonged to Roskam, who went on to complete his hat-trick three minutes later.
Defending champions LIONSXII gave a real display of their title credentials with a 4-1 win over league leaders Pahang at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Tok Gajah initially took the lead in the eighth minute when Damion Stewart tapped home an Azidan Sairudin cross from close-range, but the LIONSXII hit back a minute before the half-hour mark when Safuwan Baharudin drilled home a loose ball after Khairul Azhan Khalid flapped at Hafiz Abu Sujad’s corner.
An opportunistic strike from substitute Sufian Anuar then put the Singaporean outfit ahead in the 80th minute, and the 26-year-old went on to wrap up the three points – and complete a stunning hat-trick – with two more goals in injury-time.
Over at the Shah Alam Stadium, Terengganu’s recent blip in form continued as they threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with PKNS FC.
After Azlan Zainal had fired the Turtles ahead in the 21st minute, they appeared to be coasting to victory when Mario Karlovic added a second three minutes before halftime.
But two minutes after the hour mark, Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh pulled one back for PKNS and the comeback was completed in the 77th minute when P. Gunalan equalised to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.
Finally, ATM remain in trouble at the bottom of the table after falling to a 3-2 defeat to Sarawak at the Sarawak State Stadium.
It was the Gladiators who broke the deadlock a minute after the half-hour mark when Juan Arostegui found the back of the net, but Junior Eldstal scored to level the scores on the stroke of halftime.
S. Chanturu then fired Sarawak ahead in the 63rd minute before Shahrol Saperi added a third eight minutes later, and although D. Christie Jayaseelan managed to pull one back 16 minutes from time, the visitors were just unable to force the draw.
Tuesday’s Malaysia Super League Results
LIONSXII 4-1 Pahang
PKNS FC 2-2 Terengganu
Sime Darby 4-0 Kelantan
Sarawak 3-2 ATM
Perak 0-1 Johor Darul Ta’zim