Armed Forces players celebrate the second goal scored by Affize Faisal Mamat in their Super League match against JDT at Selayang Stadium on Tuesday. - AZHAR ARIF/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) remain as Super League leaders despite losing 2-1 to giantkillers Armed Forces as second-placed Selangor also lost.
JDT were expected to pick up all three points against relegation-threated Forces at the Selayang Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. But the Gladiators, placed a lowly 10th in the 12-team league, stunned the cash-rich side by taking the lead in the 40th minute through Argentinian striker Bruno Martelotto.
Mohd Affize Faizal then made it 2-0 in the 59th minute for Forces, who stunned Selangor 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium on Friday.
JDT managed to pull a goal back in the 84th minute through defender Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar.
In the 85th minute, Forces were reduced to 10 men when Mohd Azrul Ahmad was red carded. JDT, however, failed to take advantage and they were also reduced to 10 men when Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak were sent off in the 90th minute.
Forces had a chance to make it 3-1 as they managed to earn a penalty in stoppage time. But veteran Rezal Zambery Yahaya failed to make it count.
Despite the win, Forces remain 10th with 22 points from 20 matches.
JDT still lead with 38 points with Selangor trailing by a point with two matches remaining.
Selangor had the chance to go top again if they had beaten Kelantan at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru. Instead, the Red Giants, who were the pacesetters before JDT, went down 2-0 to Kelantan.
Liberian striker Francis Doe put the Red Warriors on the way to victory by scoring in the 22nd minute.
New-signing Prince Tagoe of Ghana provided a pin-point cross for Doe to nod the ball past Selangor custodian Mohd Farizal Marlias.
Six minutes from time, Kelantan put the match out of Selangor’s reach when Ahmad Fakri Saarani’s low cross was tucked away by Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria.
Third-placed Pahang also failed to win their away match against Sarawak at the State Stadium in Kuching.
The Elephants went ahead through Argentine striker Matias Conti in the 34th minute.
But the home side salvaged a precious point when Joseph Kallang Tie scored the equaliser in the 46th minute.