Malaysia Premier League leaders PDRM were denied victory for only the fourth time this season after being held to a 1-1 draw by UiTM FC on Friday.
The Cops, who remain unbeaten in the league this season, appeared to be heading to victory at the Petaling Jaya Stadium after Charles Souza Chad fired them ahead in the 15th minute with his 13th goal of the campaign.
But the hosts were just unable to find a second goal and were made to pay in the final minute, when Hakim Zainol equalised to earn UiTM a share of the spoils.
Nonetheless, the result was enough to see PDRM stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points, after second-placed FELDA United were beaten 1-0 by Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium.
Entering the game on the back of a seven-game winning streak, FELDA were dealt a real blow two minutes after halftime when defender Yaroslav Krushelnitskiy was sent off for a second bookable offence.
And right at the death, the hosts went on to make their numerical advantage count as Syafiq Ahmad netted to win it for his side.
FELDA now have only a one-point buffer in the race for promotion after Penang ended a two-game winless run by beating Perlis 2-1 at the Bandaraya Stadium.
Perlis had taken the lead after just three minutes thanks to Mourad Faris’ opener, but Lee Kil-hoon fired the hosts level six minutes after the hour mark.
And with just ten minutes remaining, Lee struck again – his sixth goal in as many outings – to hand all three points to Penang.
Fourth-placed Negeri Sembilan’s hopes of promotion took a real blow after they lost 1-0 to Sabah in a heated encounter at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Sabah were reduced to ten men when Redzuan Nawi was sent off in the 56th minute, only for the hosts to have Abdul Halim Zainal issued his marching orders two minutes later.
The visitors then went on to edge ahead six minutes after the hour mark courtesy of a Marwan Sayedeh strike but they found themselves down to nine men when Andrezinho was shown a straight red in the 80th minute, although they ultimately did enough to hang on for the win.
Finally, bottom side PBAPP’s woes continued as they relinquished a lead to lose 2-1 to SPA FC at the Hang Jebat Stadium.
The visitors had taken a 17th-minute lead through a Kaye Edrisar effort but Alen Guc found the equaliser five minutes before the break, before Norhafizzuan Jailani struck the winner for SPA in the 49th minute.
Friday’s Malaysia Premier League Results
PDRM 1-1 UiTM FC
SPA FC 2-1 PBAPP
Kedah 1-0 FELDA United
Negeri Sembilan 0-1 Sabah
Penang 2-1 Perlis