Pahang 0 Global 0: Pahang frustrated at home
Despite starting the game without Matias Conti, Dickson Nwakaeme as well as captain Razman Roslan, who was serving his suspension after picking up a red card against Yadanarbon, Pahang were the better side throughout the match.
However, it was the visitors who had the first real chance of scoring the opener when Pahang’s Zesh Rehman accidentally deflected a header towards his goal, which luckily for him, hit the wrong side of the bar.
The Elephants then began to stamp their authority on the match, with Fauzi Roslan, R. Gopinathan and Rizua Shafiqi guilty of missing the golden opportunities presented to them.
After the break, Pahang continued their domination without really threatening the Global goalkeeper as most of their efforts flew off the target.
On the other hand, Pahang goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid had to be on alert constantly to thwart every attacking move by the Filipino side especially from Mark Hartmann, who proved to be Global's most dangerous player on the pitch.
Zainal Abidin Hassan tried to shuffle things by bringing on Nwakaeme, but the Nigerian failed to work his magic as well against a well-organised Global side.
Although Global had a player sent off in the dying seconds of the game, they held on for their first ever point in the competition, while Pahang were left rueing their profligacy in front of goal.