Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Selangor on Saturday, Pahang have revived their hopes of beating the drop after coming two points within safety with two matches left in the season.
Razip Ismail’s charges gave themselves a massive boost in their bid to stay in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) after Pablo Vranjican’s first-half goal proved sufficient to collect maximum points against Selangor at Shah Alam Stadium.
The win, Pahang’s first since July 16 – seven matches ago – slashed the five-point deficit to the safety zone to just two points ahead of a relegation battle clash with 10th-placed Penang in a fortnight.
- JDT 3 Terengganu 0
- Kedah 3 Perak 1
- Sarawak 1 Kelantan 1
- Penang 1 PDRM 1
- T-Team 3 Felda 2
- Selangor 0 Pahang 1
A win for Pahang in Kuantan on September 16 will see Matthew Davies’ side climb up off the bottom and could even be out of the relegation zone altogether should 11th-placed Terengganu, who have not won since May 21, suffer their 12th defeat of the season to in-form Kedah.
Kedah defeated Perak 3-1 to record their fifth successive league win and need just one point to confirm third-place, a position that could be rewarded with AFC Cup participation if MSL champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) succeed in getting through the AFC Champions League playoff rounds next year.
The Southern Tigers won the MSL title for a record third straight time on Friday after defeating Terengganu 3-0 at Larkin Stadium.
The Red Giants have had a troubled season littered with poor performances and internal squabbling, and could find themselves finish as low as seventh if their seven-match winless run continues in remaining fixtures against Perak and JDT.
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