MSL Wrap: PKNS upset Kelantan while Sarawak score three past Sime Darby
Argentinians took the spotlight with some world-class displays for their respective teams in Round 3 of the Malaysian Super League, as we also saw a new team on top of the standings.
If late goals were key for some of the teams last week, this round of the MSL saw two teams make a terrific comeback to earn hard-fought points.
PKNS FC continued their winning momentum after defeating ATM last week by beating Kelantan 1-2 at Kota Bharu. The home team took the lead through Fakri Saarani, but PKNS fought back through Fauzan Dzulkifli and Mohd Haminuddin to complete an upset and knock the Red Warriors off the top of the table.
Selangor took over the number one spot in the league after a goal from Paulo Rangel – his third of the season – which was enough for the Red Giants to defeat Malaysia Cup Champions Pahang. This was the Elephants' second defeat after losing to Sime Darby last time out, and the win has put Selangor on top of the table with six points.
Joining the Red Giants at the top are Terengganu, who comfortably beat neighbours T-Team in Kuala Terengganu. Goals from Marcio Da Silva and Ashaari Samsudin in the second half were good enough to give the Turtles their second win of the season and put them second in the table.
Perak, who defeated Terengganu last Saturday, could not continue their fine form as they suffered a defeat against ATM at Selayang Stadium. Juan Arostegui opened his goal-scoring account for ATM this season with the first half goal, which was enough to give the Gladiators three points and put them third in the league.
Arostegui was not the only Argentinian who scored this round, as both Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figureoa got on the scoresheet for Johor Darul Takzim against Lions XII. Both players scored in the first half, with Aimar’s sublime free kick giving Jimenez’s men a comfortable lead before half time. But Lions XII roared back in the second half with goals from Khairul Amri and Hafiz Sujad to give the champions a well-deserved point to bring back to Singapore.
Sarawak picked up their first three points of the season after hitting three past Sime Darby in Kuching. Goals from Joseph Kalang Tie, Gabor Gyepes and Milorad Janjus gave Sarawak fans something to cheer about, and the result has brought them out of the relegation zone.
The MSL is already taking a number of twists and turns this season with some upset victories and great comebacks from the teams.
Kelantan have been knocked off from the top of table and drop to fourth, with Selangor, Terengganu and ATM are all above The Red Warriors. The 2013 MSL champions Lions XII showed why they are also challengers for the title this season with a great comeback against JDT, while 2013 Malaysia Cup champions Pahang have now suffered back to back defeats. T-Team and Sime Darby slumped into the relegation zone and Sarawak have finally got off to a winning start.