Perfect 10 as new recruit Marquez takes JDT past Perak at Larkin

JDT made it 10 victories in the Malaysia Super League after debutant Fernando Marquez gave them a 2-0 win over Perak on Saturday.

Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) opened up an eight-point lead at the league summit after new imports Fernando Marquez and Jorge Santos Silva struck to give the Southern Tigers a 2-0 victory over Perak FA on Saturday.

Other results saw Pahang FA come from behind to beat PKNP FC 2-1, while Kuala Lumpur FA thrashed Terengganu FA 3-0.

At Larkin Stadium, JDT shot to an early lead through their new Argentine signing Marquez, who buried home a fifth-minute penalty.

Marquez had arrived in Johor only on Friday, but he was entrusted to lead a front three with Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and Gonzalo Cabrera flanking him.

The former Belgrano forward also came with high regards after finishing as the top five goalscorers in the Argentine Primera Division with his loan club Defensa y Justicia.

Also in the JDT starting line-up was Safiq Rahim, given a rare start after only making the bench in recent matches.

Safiq fired a shot just wide on the half-hour mark, before he found Marquez in a good position to increase the hosts lead.

But Marquez had his shot crucially blocked by Perak forward Gilmar and the visitors went into the break only trailing by a goal.

The foreign debutant had more chances to add to his goal in the second half, but the Perak defence stood firm by putting their bodies on the line.

JDT made the points safe through their second goal from their Brazilian forward Silva.

With nine matches left to play, the league title is certainly JDT’s to lose.

Kuala Kumpur meanwhile continued their stellar home form after easing past Terengganu at Cheras Stadium, thanks to goals from Zhafri Yahya, Guilherme de Paula and Paulo Josue.

The City Hawks now sit seventh after winning for the fifth time in the league.

Pahang replaced Perak in second after dramatically coming from behind to beat a fast improving PKNP side.

The club side had a taken early lead, but Mohamadou Sumaresh leveled the scores before Faisal Halim found the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

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