LIONSXII go top; Darul Takzim edge thriller

LIONSXII went top of the Malaysia Super League on Saturday after recording a 1-0 win over Negri Sembilan at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

LIONSXII vs Negri Sembilan: Shahril Ishak
Gabriel Tan

By Gabriel Tan

By FOX Sports staff

In a game that was largely dominated by the hosts, the only goal of the game arrived in the 79th minute when Nazrul Nazari sprinted past Fauzi Nan and delivered a pinpoint cross for captain Shahril Ishak to head home.

The result was enough to take V. Sundramoorthy's side top ahead of Selangor and ATM, who both failed to win on Friday.

Darul Takzim are also on the rise and moved up to third after beating Terengganu 3-2 in a thriller at the Larkin Stadium.

It was the visitors who took the lead after ten minutes through Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona, but Dani Guiza equalised from the spot in the 37th minute, before firing Darul Takzim ahead right on halftime.

Harimau Selatan then edged further ahead four minutes into the second half through a Nurul Azwan Roya strike, but Effa Owona netted his second of the game six minutes later to make it 3-2.

The Turtles chances of rescuing a point then received a boost when their opponents were reduced to ten men in the 71st minute after Ahmad Tharmini was sent off, but Darul Takzim ultimately did enough to hold out for all three points.

Elsewhere, Rafiuddin Roddin's 76th-minute effort handed Perak a 1-0 win at PKNS FC, while T-Team fell to a 3-1 home loss to Pahang.

Despite taking the lead at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium through Muinuddin Mokhtar's 25th-minute opener, T-Team soon found themselves pegged back two minutes before the break when in-form Pahang striker Fauzi Roslan netted.

Tok Gajah then took the lead in the 83rd minute through Faizol Hussein, before R. Gopinathan wrapped things up with a third three minutes later.

Saturday's Malaysia Super League Results

T-Team 1-3 Pahang

LIONSXII 1-0 Negri Sembilan

Darul Takzim 3-2 Terengganu

PKNS FC 0-1 Perak

Image courtesy of Shirly Hamra (FAS)

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