Nowhere to go. Selangor's S. Kunalan (red) tries to escape past three Armed Forces players in their 2-0 Super League defeat at Shah Alam stadium. -AHMAD IZZRAFIQ/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are the new Super League leaders. The Southern Tigers took over the rein from overnight leaders Selangor, who fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat to relegation battlers Armed Forces at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Argentinian Jorge Diaz was the hero, notching a hat-trick in JDT’s dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 win over Terengganu at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru.
It was Turtles who stunned the home fans by taking a commanding 2-0 lead with goals by Moutapha Dabo (fourth minute) and Mohd Norfarhan Mohd (17th).
JDT, however, bounced back with Diaz putting his name on the scoresheet three times in the 22nd, 37th and 51st minutes. Mahalli Jasuli contributed the other goal in the 44th minute.
Vincent Bikana added a consolation goal for Terengganu in the 84th minute.
JDT now have 38 points from 19 matches, one more than second-placed Selangor.
The Red Giants were expected to trample Forces to preserve their lead, but put up an insipid show.
Argentinian striker Juan Manuel Arostegui was the toast for the soldiers, scoring both goals. He converted a penalty in the 27th minute and then added the other in the 64th minute.
Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Police earned promotion to the Super League by beating PBAPP FC 4-1 at the City Stadium.
The cops lead the 12-team standings with 49 points from 19 matches.
Second-placed Felda United remain second on 41 points after defeating Penang 4-1 at the Selayang Stadium.