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Felda United 2-1 Perak: Fighters edge Bos Gaurus at home to keep pace with JDT

Monday, 18 July 2016

A late goal by the Bos Gaurus' subsitute Fazrul Hazli Kadri was not enough to stop Felda from bagging their seventh league win at home this season.
A late goal by the Bos Gaurus’ subsitute Fazrul Hazli Kadri was not enough to stop Felda from bagging their seventh league win at home this season.

Felda United kept pace with Super League leaders JDT on Saturday, by edging Perak 2-0 at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium. Two quickfire goals by Lutfulla Turaev and Zah Rahan Krangar in the first-half gave the Fighters the three points, while Perak’s only goal in the match was scored by substitute Fazrul Hazli Kadri five minutes from the end.

The home side began with all four of of their foreign players, including Francis Forkey Doe, who scored a brace in their 2-1 win over Negeri Sembilan in their Malaysia Cup group opening match on Tuesday. However they were without recent JDT transfer target; winger Hadin Azman.

The injury-hit Perak meanwhile could not start without all their foreign players. Thiago Junio was unavailable, and so were most of their squad due to injuries. Head coach Karl Heinz Weigang could only register five substitute players in the match.

The visitors could have gone in front in the second minute, but recent signing Xhevahir Sukaj’s freekick, taken from the edge of the Fighters’ penalty box, just ended slightly over the bar.

Fifteen minutes later midfielder Turaev missed a huge chance to open the scoring, reacting too slowly to a layoff  by Francis Doe from the left.

But in the 23rd minute the Uzbeki made amends, smartly deflecting an inaccurate hopeful shot from outside the box by a teammate past Perak goalkeeper Hafizul Hakim and into the net at the far post.

Just four minutes later, Krangar made it 2-0. Receiving the ball at the right of the Perak penalty box, he performed a cutback, before curling the ball in with a low shot.

Perhaps stunned by the two quick goals, Weigang then made the first substitution of the match at the half hour mark, taking off Raffi Nagoorgani for Shahrul Saad.

In the 38th minute, defender Syazwan Roslan was forced into committing a cynical foul on Doe, resulting in his booking by the referee.

Just before the halftime whistle was blown, it was the home side defender Firdaus Faudzi’s turn to be shown a yellow, for a foul on an opponent.

In the 58th minute Doe could have doubled his tally, but the Liberian forward’s shot was a little too high.

Moments later Perak skipper Nasir Basharuddin was booked for dissent.

Felda head coach Irfan Bakti then brought on recent signing Fakri Saarani, who had arrived on a loan swap deal from Kedah earlier in the week, with Thiago Fernandes going the other way.

WIth fifteen minutes to go, Ridzuan Azly Hussham came close to pulling one back with a stinging shot from outside the box. Felda goalkeeper Farizal Harun saw the effort late as his view was blocked by a defender, but still managed to get a finger to the ball to redirect it out. It was only Perak’s first on-target attempt in the match.

Sukaj then had a chance moments later, but his shot from substitute Fazrul Hazli Kadri’s layoff ended on the wrong side of the near post.

Five minutes from the end of the match, Fazrul finally found the visitors’ first goal of the match, by deflecting a wayward shot  into the goal following a corner kick, past Farizal who was slightly off position at the time.

However the home side then shut up shop to collect the three points, and their seventh league win at their home this season. Whereas for Perak, it was their second straight defeat in a competitive match under Weigang, and their fourth straight defeat in all competitions. Questions will definitely be asked of Weigang’s credibility.

Felda: Farizal Harun (GK), Firdaus Faudzi, Shukor Adan (C), Gilberto Alemao, Adib Aizuddin, Christie Jayaseelan, Syahid Zaidon (Shukor Jusoh 74′), Zah Rahan Krangar, Syamim Yahya (Fakri Saarani 65′), Lutfulla Turaev, Francis Doe.

Perak: Hafizul Hakim Khirul Nizam (PG), Hisyamudin Sha’ari, Syazwan Roslan, Raffi Nagoorgani (Shahrul Saad 30′), Nazirul Naim Che Hashim, Ridzuan Azly Hussham, Nasir Basharuddin (K), Kenny Pallraj, Elias (Fazrul Hazli Kadri 61′), Oybek Kilichev, Xhevahir Sukaj (Fikri Sudin 83′).

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