LionsXII clinched their second consecutive win in the Malaysian Super League (MSL), after a 1-0 win against Selangor FA at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Fazrul Nawaz’s goal was enough to help the LionsXII join Pahang at the top of the table in the MSL.
Playing in front of 7,000 home fans, the LionsXII applied the pressure early in the game. They were rewarded after Fazrul Nawaz connected well from a corner kick in the 23rd minute. Captain Shahril Ishak, Irwan Shah and Nazrul Nazari, were all looking lively in the early stages and they had their chances to increase the lead for LionsXII.
Selangor FA came back strong towards the end of the first half, and both Safuwan Baharudin and Isa Halim got themselves booked in the 43rd and 44th minute respectively. The LionsXII managed to take the 1-0 lead to half time.
There were some nervous moments for the LionsXII when the second half started. It was not long before Hafiz Sujad got himself a yellow card for clipping onto Selangor’s Shukur Jusoh.
Both teams tried to gain possession and create chances for most of the second half. The best chance for LionsXII to extend their lead fell to Irwan Shah in the 63rd minute, when he was put through on goal only with Norazlan Razali, Selangor’s goalkeeper standing in his way. But his shot was well-saved by the goalkeeper.
Selangor coach Irfan Bakti almost instantaneously made a double swop, with Ramzul Zahini coming on for Vice-captain Amri Yahyah, and K Gurusamy for Shukur Jusoh. The LionsXII managed to hold on to the lead and claim a second straight win in the MSL.
Selangor coach, Irfan Bakti was full of praise for the LionsXII. He said, “LionsXII is a very disciplined team. As you can see from their previous match against Armed Forces, LionsXII played well and could have scored one or two more goals. However, it is still very early into the season, and there are plenty of games to be played.”
Assistant coach K. Balagumaran also applauded the performance of the LionsXII. He said, “I see a lot of potential in the team. I see the spirit. We could have done better but as the game goes, you can see the determination from the Selangor team. We maintained our tactical discipline which is very useful for us.”
The LionsXII’s next match is against the “Red Ants” – Selangor PKNS at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling JayaStadium, Selangor on Tuesday, 15 January 2013, 8:45pm. Fans can catch it “live” on StarHub Channel 201.