Malaysia Premier League leaders T-Team notched their fifth straight win on Friday evening after recording a 2-0 triumph over UiTM FC at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.
The Titans got off to a dream start when Farhod Tadjiyev opened the scoring after nine minutes, before Sadriddin Abdullaev added a second two minutes after halftime to effectively put the result beyond doubt.
Nonetheless, the win was tarnished in the 79th minute when Abdullaev was sent off after being shown a straight red, meaning he will be out of next week’s clash against Kuala Lumpur.
The result was enough to keep T-Team one point clear of second-placed Sabah, who were also able to continue their good recent run of form by beating Penang 1-0 at the Likas Stadium.
The hero for the Rhinos was once again Libya international Eamon Zayed, who scored his sixth goal in his last five outings to hand his team maximum points.
Meanwhile, Johor Darul Ta’zim II – tipped by many to challenge for the title before the start of the season – saw their disappointing streak continue as they went a fifth league game without victory after a 1-1 draw with lowly Kuala Lumpur.
Things could have been worse for them as the hosts took the lead at the Merdeka Stadium courtesy of Hattaphon Bun An’s 18th-minute opener, although a Zameer Zainun own-goal ten minutes later helped Harimau Selatan earn a share of the spoils.
Over at the Darul Aman Stadium, Kedah continued their climb up the table as they moved into third spot with a 2-1 triumph over NS Matrix.
After Chidi Edeh had fired the hosts in front in the 12th minute, it looked as though NS Matrix had forced the draw when Jean Alexandre levelled the scores in the 76th minute.
However, with six minutes remaining, Liridon Krasniqi popped up with the winning goal to hand Kedah their third victory in a row.
Finally, Milan Purovic netted a 92nd-minute penalty to help Kuantan beat bottom side SPA FC 1-0 at the Darulmakmur Stadium, while PKNS FC and DRB-Hicom played out a 0-0 draw at the MBPJ Stadium.
Friday’s Malaysia Premier League Results
PKNS FC 0-0 DRB-Hicom
Kuala Lumpur 1-1 Johor Darul Ta’zim II
Sabah 1-0 Penang
T-Team 2-0 UiTM FC
Kedah 2-1 NS Matrix
Kuantan 1-0 SPA FC