MSL Recap: Title race blown wide open

Pahang reclaimed the Malaysian Super League top spot after Johor Darul Ta’zim suffered a crushing defeat to Kelantan.

The Southern Tigers were humbled 4-1 at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium with Kelantan getting their lead as early as the fourth minute when Gilmar bundled the ball home ahead of JDT goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.

Less than 10 minutes later, they doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Marcos Antonio was adjudged to push Austin Amutu inside the area.

Mahali Jasuli managed to pull one back from a Safiq Rahim corner in the 51st minute, but Norfarhan Muhammad quickly restored the Red Warriors’s two-goal advantage.

Gilmar added another goal to his name in the 83rd minute with a half volley.

JDT’s heavy defeat allowed Pahang to move to the top, albeit only on superior goal difference after only managing a 1-1 draw in Ipoh.

Hafiz Kamal scored a free-kick against his home state team in the 32nd minute, but Bobby Gonzales ensured that the points were shared after netting his second goal in two games.

It was not the only match to end in a 1-1 draw, as similar results took place in Singapore, Shah Alam and Paroi.

Afiq Azmi, who had not scored a league goal since bagging a hat-trick against the LionsXII, rediscovered his scoring touch against the same team to give Selangor the lead on the hour mark.

However, Khairul Nizam came off the bench to score a spectacular scissor kick three minutes from time and rescue a point for his side at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Sime Darby still could not find their first league of the season after drawing 1-1 with PDRM, while Sarawak ensured that they remained five points ahead of ATM in their Super League survival flight with two rounds remaining.

Besides Kelantan, Felda United were the only victorious side on Saturday as Ndumba Makeche netted the only goal of the night to beat Terengganu 1-0.