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MSL Wrap – Big guns shocked

Defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim picked up one point to draw level with Felda United but the Fighters still lead the Malaysia Super League (MSL) on goal difference despite losing their last game. 

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PDRM 0 Selangor 0

The Red Giants’ misery up front continued after another lacklustre showing in Malacca on Saturday.

Selangor again started without Hafiz Kamal in central midfield after he was left out of the starting line-up, while Raimi Md Noor returned at left-back to replace Razman Roslan. Khairul Azhan Khalid remained in goal in place of Norazlan Razali.

PDRM could have won the game against Selangor. Photo: PDRM

Singaporean international Safuwan Baharudin forced Azhan into a couple of saves early in the match while Selangor squandered their chances at the other end.

Selangor’s search for an elusive goal was only made tougher after Nazmi Faiz Mansor was shown the red card for elbowing PDRM’s Andrezinho in the 71st minute, prompting coach Zainal Abidin Hassan to warn his talented yet temperamental midfielder to keep himself in check in future.

Nazmi has built a reputation for indiscipline and was sent home from the 2015 SEA Games after a spitting incident, an offence he repeated in the Malaysia Super League months later.

Kelantan 3 Terengganu 0

The Red Warriors piled more pressure on struggling Terengganu after handing the Turtles their fourth straight defeat.

K. Devan’s side has been inconsistent so far but there were little doubts on who earned bragging rights on the East Coast after a convincing display to record their first win since March.

Wan Zack Haikal was the toast of the day in Kota Bahru after he scored the opener in the 13th minute and set up his former Harimau Muda teammate Wan Zaharulnizam and Fakhrul Zaman in the second half.

Terengganu fell to yet another defeat. Photo: Terengganu

Kelantan moved up to fifth in the standings while Mike Mulvey’s men dropped to ninth and are only three points above the relegation zone.

Sarawak 1 Pahang 1

The Crocs failed to captalise on home ground advantage and that could cost them qualification to the Malaysia Cup if they fail to pick up points against Terengganu and in-form Perak by May 18.

K. Rajagobal’s men took the lead through Junior Aparecido after the Brazilian-born Timor Leste international found the back of the net from well outside the box in the 30th minute.

Pahang seem to have turned their fortunes around. Photo: Pahang

Pahang, who have won two of their last three matches since Razip Ismail took charge, levelled the score in the second half after Dalibor Volas fired in his fifth goal in three matches.

Pahang are two points above the relegation zone ahead of matches against Kedah and JDT.