LIONSXII stay top; ATM down Darul Takzim

LIONSXII remain on top of the Malaysia Super League after coming from behind to beat Terengganu 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

Johor Darul Takzim vs LIONSXII

By FOX Sports staff

The Singaporean outfit headed into the game at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium with a one-point lead at the summit but fell behind four minutes after the hour mark; Ismail Faruqi Asha'ri reacting quickest to G. Puaneswaran's deflected cross and stabbing the ball into the back of the net.

However, Baihakki Khaizan equalised for the LIONSXII in the 79th minute when rose highest at the near post to head home a Shahril Ishak corner, and a draw then looked an increasingly attractive prospect when they were reduced to ten men three minutes later when Madhu Mohana received his marching orders.

But in the second minute of injury-time, another excellent set-piece delivery from Shahril caused havoc inside the Terengganu area once more and this time, Hasmizan Kamarodin could only head the ball into the back of his own net to hand V. Sundramoorthy's charges all three points.

The result keeps them a point ahead of ATM, who have played a game more than the LIONSXII but maintained their pursuit with an impressive 2-0 win over Darul Takzim at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Marlon Alex James, the league's top scorer, fired the Gladiators ahead in the 55th minute with his 15th goal of the season, before adding a second eight minutes later when he held off three challenges before firing into the top corner.

Harimau Selatan had an excellent chance to pull one back in the 67th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Norshahrul Idlan Talaha had been fouled by Affize Faisal inside the box, but Farizal Harun produced a smart save to keep out Leonel Nunez's effort, allowing ATM to comfortably see out the remainder of the match.

Selangor overtook Darul Takzim in third place but also fell further behind in the title race after being held to a 2-2 draw by Pahang at the Darulmakmur Stadium.

The Red Giants had taken the lead after just three minutes when Francis Forkey Doe pounced on a mistake by the opposition keeper to score, but the hosts pulled level six minutes before halftime when R. Surendran fired home the equaliser.

Doe then put the visitors ahead again in the 72nd minute when he netted with a thunderous strike, but in the first minute of injury time, Surendran equalised once more to earn Pahang a share of the spoils.

Defending champions Kelantan, who have had a disappointing season thus far, picked up their second win in a row after seeing off FELDA United 3-0 at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium.

Two goals in three minutes from ex-Malaysia international Indra Putra Mahayuddin handed the Red Warriors a comfortable lead at the break, but they struggled to add a third in the second half until the 91st minute, when captain Badhri Radzi scored to cap off a fine evening at the office for his side.

Over at the Perak Stadium, Paulo Rangel once again starred for Perak to guide them to a 2-1 victory over bottom side Negri Sembilan, who are still looking for their first win of the season.

The Brazilian striker opened the scoring for Seladang in the 22nd minute and doubled his and his side's tally on the hour mark, and although Negri Sembilan did manage to pull one back right at the death through a strike from Nazrin Nawi, the hosts managed to hang on to claim maximum points.

Finally, PKNS FC picked up a vital win that moves them up to 6th on the table after beating strugglers T-Team 2-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium.

After Nizad Ayub had handed the hosts a 12th-minute lead, Damir Ibric fired home from the spot to equalise for the Titans.

But nine minutes after the hour mark, Roman Chmelo netted what proved to be the winner when he scored for the second time in three outings.

Tuesday's Malaysia Super League Results

Terengganu 1-2 LIONSXII

Perak 2-1 Negri Sembilan

PKNS FC 2-1 T-Team

Kelantan 3-0 FELDA United

Pahang 2-2 Selangor

ATM 2-0 Darul Takzim

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