JDT's Mahali Jasuli (left) vying for the ball with Pahang's Mohd Shahrizan Salleh during their Super League match at Larkin Stadium, Johor Baru on May 16, 2014. The match ended 2-2. – Lim Cheng Kiat / THE STAR
JOHOR BARU: Pahang proved to be a bogey team for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as the Elephants fought back with a late goal to snatch a 2-2 Super League draw at the Larkin Stadium.
JDT seemed headed for their first win over Pahang this season after taking a 2-1 lead on Friday night.
Argentine Luciano Figueroa put the Southern Tigers in front in the 25th minute but national striker Mohd Azamuddin Akil replied for Pahang in the 36th minute.
In the 48th minute, Safiq Rahim gave JDT the lead again with a low volley.
With a minute to go before full-time, JDT goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi Roslan fumbled R. Gopinathan’s cross and it resulted in an equaliser for Pahang to grab a point.
Pahang remain in second with 29 points, two behind leaders Selangor. The Red Giants are expected to pull away on Saturday night when they face club side Sime Darby FC.
JDT moved up to third on 26 points, but with a match in hand over Pahang.
In the reverse fixture at the Darul Makmur Stadium, Pahang were 3-2 winners over JDT in February.
Earlier this month, the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match in Johor Baru.
At the State Stadium in Kuching, Muamer Salibasic scored a late winner in Sarawak’s narrow 2-1 win over PKNS FC.
Joseph Kallang Tie gave the Crocs the lead after only 15 minutes, but Sarawak defender Mafry Balang scored an own goal in the 40th minute for a 1-1 half-time score. Bosnian Salibasic emerged as the hero by scoring in the 85th minute.