FourFourTwo Player Ratings: Selangor 4 LionsXII 0
Izwan Mahbud 6
The LionsXII skipper was not at direct fault for all the goals conceded, as an unusually fragile back four left him exposed against a Selangor frontline which pressed incessantly in the final third. Izwan still made a couple of stops to prevent a bigger margin of loss, and was the most composed player in a woeful evening at Shah Alam.
Hafiz Abu Sujad 5
The left-back was responsible in the lead-up to Selangor’s two opening goals. Hafiz’s poor positioning at the far post afforded the space Afiq Azmi needed to stab home the first, while he had to take much of the blame for the second with a poor pass to Zulfahmi Arifin that saw his team-mate wilt under pressure inside his own box.
Zulfahmi Arifin 5
Selangor proved a steep learning curve in the art of defending for Zulfahmi, who was overwhelmed by the intensity of Selangor’s pressing. It was partly the converted centre-back’s poor ball control that allowed Afiq to rob him of the ball and score the second goal, while he was unable to prevent his tormentor from getting ahead of him later on to complete his hat-trick.
Madhu Mohana 5.5
Until his poor control that led to the Red Giants’ final goal, the defender had been the standout in a shaky back four defensively. Composed in his tackling and distribution, Madhu relished the battle against the Selangor forwards. But even he was not spared from the malaise 11 minutes from the end, when he lost the ball in his own half that led to Guilherme scoring Selangor’s fourth goal of the evening.
Nazrul Nazari 5
Restored to the position where he began the season in, the right-back was taken for a run-around by Andik Vermansyah the entire evening. The Indonesian winger utilised his pace and close-control to beat him at will, despite Nazrul and his team-mates’ increasingly desperate attempts to shackle him in vain.
Raihan Rahman 5
The defensive midfielder was unable to protect his back four as the hosts went straight for the jugular from kick-off. Raihan was often dragged wide in order to mark an opponent, exposing his team-mates to further pressure in the hole he left behind. He was sacrificed before the half-hour mark as his coach opted to switch tactics in response to falling three goals behind.
Izzdin Shafiq 5.5
Unable to make the same all-round impact in the middle of the park as he did against Johor Darul Ta’zim last week, the central-midfielder was more preoccupied trying to rob his opponents of the ball than distributing it himself and making chances. A good 70-yard pass from inside his own half did find Faris Ramli though, although the forward conspired to squander the opportunity with a weak header straight at Syamin Othman.
Firdaus Kasman 5
The midfielder seemed more keen to leave his mark on the shins of Selangor players than on the vast Shah Alam pitch. Deservedly picked up a caution for a heavy challenge on Leandro dos Santos after being lucky to escape one for a couple of over-the-top challenges in the first half.
Faris Ramli 5.5
Although the winger made a number of useful runs in the final third, his poor decision-making hampered his ability to make an impact inside the box. His sole shot on target went straight into the grateful gloves of Syamin, summing up an evening in which he failed to trouble the Selangor goalkeeper.
Gabriel Quak 5
Restored to the starting eleven, the wide midfielder was unable to his customary impact off the bench on the right. His poor deliveries from open and set-plays often left his team-mates frustrated, as Selangor gratefully swallowed up the crosses he put into their box.
Khairul Amri 5.5
Not fully fit, but the veteran forward toiled all upfront, his team-mates unable to replicate his backs-against-the-wall showing against his markers. Though he managed to hold up the ball and bring his fellow attackers into play, an overall lack of service prevented Amri from making a bigger impact up front. Deserves his grade for effort nevertheless.
Sufian Anuar 5.5
Gutsy display from the substitute forward, whose lung-bursting dashes harried the opponent’s defenders to rush into long clearances. One such moment of pressure saw him win the ball from a Selangor midfielder, but his final touch left much to be desired as his shot swerved wide and over.
Sahil Suhaimi 5
There wasn’t any repeat of a super-sub display from the nippy striker on Saturday. Sahil’s lack of in-game intelligence often left him second to the ball behind Selangor’s centre-back pairing of Robert Cornthwaite and Rizal Fahmi. A very subdued showing from the 22-year-old.
Christopher van Huizen NA
By the time the versatile wide-man came on, the game was lost and he was unable to contribute anything substantial in the few minutes he was on the pitch.
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