Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa celebrating the opening goal for JDT with his team-mate in their match against Sime Darby in Selayang on Saturday. - MOHD AZHAR ARIF/ The Star
SELAYANG: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) sealed three points with an impressive 2-0 win over 10-man Sime Darby FC to move into second spot in the Super League standings.
Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa (23rd) and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (31st) were on target at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday night.
In the fast-paced match, the first goal came when Figueroa was fouled outside the penalty box. He picked himself up to take the free-kick and struck a gem of the goal that sailed into the top left corner.
JDT doubled their lead eight minutes later. Safiq Rahim’s shot deflected off Sime Darby goalkeeper Mohd Suffian Abdul Rahman and Norshahrul pounced on the loose ball to pump it home.
Sime Darby were dealt a further blow when Dilshod Sharofetdinov was given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card for bringing down Mahali Jasuli in the 62nd minute.
In Kuantan, Pahang gave new coach Zainal Abidin Hassan a winning start by thumping Armed Forces 4-1 at the Darul Makmur Stadium.
The Elephants raced to a comfortable 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Argentine Matias Conti (14th), Nigerian Dickson Nwakaeme (18th) and Mohd Faizol Hussein (35th). Dickson got his second – and the team’s fourth – goal in the 52nd minute while the soldiers reduced the deficit through Juan Arostegui in the 69th minute.
In Kuala Terengganu, T-Team defeated Sarawak 2-0 at the Sultan Ismail Stadium. Ramzul Zahini Adenan and Badrul Hisham scored for the club side in the 47th and 85th minutes respectively.
In another match, Perak drew 1-1 with PKNS FC at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.