Rufino Segovia hat-trick as Selangor rout Kelantan, Kedah suffer shock defeat

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Kelantan FA coach Fajr Ibrahim is a dead man walking after Selangor FA striker Rufino Segovia scored a hat-trick to condemn the Red Warriors to a 4-0 thrashing in the Malaysia Super League on Friday.

The other match saw Melaka United FA notch a shock 2-0 away win against Kedah FA.

Defeat was Kelantan’s fifth in six league matches, and their ninth after 13 games.

They never stood a chance against a Selangor side on an equally wretched form, and playing in front of an almost empty stadium at Cheras.

After a listless half hour, Segovia burst into life with the opening goal after a good swivel to find the bottom corner.

The Spaniard added his second five minutes later, again finding acres of space in the opposition box to fire past Fikri Che Soh at the near post.

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Posted by FA Selangor on Friday, 1 June 2018


Segovia has been Selangor’s saviour this season, scoring 11 goals at the Cheras Stadium.

Fajr certainly doesn’t possess a striker of his stature, but what did the Syrian do with his side capitulating in front of him?

Simply raise his arms in pure frustration and retreat back to his dugout, with his players wishing for the half-time whistle to be blown right away.

Worse was to follow for Kelantan, as Selangor found a third through Evan Dimas who completed a swift counter-attack to make it 3-0 just two minutes later.

The Red Warriors had more possession in the second half, but it was because Selangor took their foot off the gas.

Even then, the visitors lacked any conviction and quality to even find a consolation goal.

The game ended with Segovia firing into the top corner in the final 10 minutes to give Selangor one of their easiest wins of the season.

For Fajr, time has to be surely up.

The former Syria national coach had made plenty of drastic decisions by dropping senior players in the squad, but his bold move is backfiring with great effect.

Kelantan are now bottom and have nine matches to preserve their top flight status.

At Darul Aman Stadium, Melaka were victorious for only the fourth time in the league and moved further from the drop zone.

The Mousedeers are now ninth, six points from 11th placed Negeri Sembilan FA.

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