Selangor wasted the chance to move two points clear at the top of the Malaysia Super League after playing out a 0-0 draw against Terengganu on Sunday.
Entering the clash at the Shah Alam Stadium a point behind leaders Pahang, the Red Giants knew victory would allow them to edge ahead of their title rivals with just eight games left to go in the campaign.
But following a tentative start from both sides, it took until the 21st minute before the first real opportunity arrived; Terengganu centre-back Vincent Bikana showing the most desire to connect with a freekick but his header was well tipped over by Farizal Marlias.
Shortly after the break, the Turtles had another chance when Moustapha Dabo broke free inside the box, but he opted to chip Farizal and could only send the ball over the bar.
While Selangor were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, it was the visitors who looked the more dangerous in the attacking third and Farizal had to be alert once more in the 52nd minute, parrying a dangerous cross from Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri after the Terengganu playmaker had found space in the opposition area.
Desperate to add some much-needed creativity to his side, Red Giants coach Mehmet Durakovic decided to hand Nazmi Faiz his debut; the 19-year-old wonderkid replacing Thamil Arasu shortly after the hour mark.
And Nazmi did have an opportunity to make an instant impact after being set up by Paulo Rangel in the 71st minute but he was unable to hit the target, as both sides ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Selangor: Farizal Marlias, Bunyamin Umar, Shahrom Abdul Kalam, Rizal Fahmi, Azmi Muslim, S. Kunanlan, Shukur Jusoh (Afiq Azmi 74’), S. Veenod, Andik Vermansyah, Paulo Rangel, Thamil Arasu (Nazmi Faiz 61’).
Terengganu: Sharmiza Yusoff, Mazlizam Mohamad, Hasmizan Kamarodin, Vincent Bikana, Zubir Azmi, Norfarhan Muhammad, Ahmad Nordin Alias (Nasril Izzat Jalil 86’), Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri (Fakhrurazi Musa 61’), Ashaari Shamsuddin, Moustapha Dabo (Mario Karlovic 68’), Javier Estupinan.