Winners & Losers: Luqman Hakim is Malaysia's hero and villain
Another week of football has just flown by with the Malaysia Cup knockout stages and the AFC Under-16 Championship taking precedence over everything else.
There were standout performances, but also some forgettable ones that does not deserve a second mention.
FourFourTwo Malaysia takes a look at some of the winners and losers of the past week.
The Malaysia U16 are on a big mission at the AFC U16 Championship, to qualify for the U17 World Cup through this tournament.
To do so, they need to qualify to the semifinals. Getting off on the right foot was pivotal, and Malaysia faced Tajikistan to get their first three points.
They romped to a 6-2 win, thanks to Luqman Hakim’s four goals.
The striker was in sensational form, as everything he touched turned to gold. The performance was a team effort, but the striker proved the difference with his deftness in front of goal.
Malaysia will need more heroics from Luqman as they aim to make it to the holy grail of the World Cup next year but (more of this later).
Pahang had been the better side against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the Malaysia Cup first-leg quarterfinals at Darul Makmur Stadium on Sunday, but they were struggling to make a breakthrough.
The Southern Tigers had taken the lead through Gonzalo Cabrera early in the second half, and were on course to take home a slim, yet priceless advantage to Larkin next weekend.
But two minutes into injury time, Safuwan forayed to the edge of the penalty box, towered over Aidil Zafuan and powered a header past the onrushing Farizal Marlias.
His timely goal earned Pahang a 1-1 draw, and gives them a real chance in the second-leg.
Safuwan is known for his aerial prowess, and he once again made a vital contribution through his head.