Johor Darul Ta’zim moved top of the Malaysia Super League on Friday after claiming a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Terengganu at the Larkin Stadium.
It initially looked as though the Turtles were going to claim the three points as Moustapha Dabo fired them ahead after just four minutes with a low freekick that was too hot for Izham Tarmizi to handle, before Norfarhan Muhammad doubled their lead in the 17th minute when he converted from eight yards after Ashaari Shamsuddin had broke free down the left and cut the ball back into his path.
But the hosts produced a brilliant recovery as Jorge Pereyra Diaz pulled one back four minutes later when he stabbed home Mahalli Jasuli’s right-wing cross at the back post, before the Argentinean scored again with a curling 25-yard freekick to equalise in the 37th minute.
Right on the stroke of halftime, Mahalli Jasuli found the back of the net on the rebound to put Darul Ta’zim ahead, and their remarkable comeback continued as Pereyra Diaz completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to make it 4-2 in the 53rd minute.
Terengganu did manage to pull one back six minutes from time when centre-back Vincent Bikana popped up at the other end to score with a header but they were just unable to find an equaliser, allowing Harimau Selatan to hold out for the win.
The result allowed JDT to move one point clear at the top of the table after previous leaders Selangor slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to struggling ATM at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Juan Arostegui fired the Armed Forces ahead three minutes before the half-hour mark when he converted a penalty after Fabrice Noel had been fouled inside the box, before doubling his and his side’s tally in the 64th minute to wrap up the three points.
Friday’s Malaysia Super League Results
Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-3 Terengganu
Selangor 0-2 ATM