SELAYANG: Star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) were made to eat the humble pie in the Super League.
They were expected to walk all over basement side Sime Darby at the Selayang Stadium. Instead, the minnows held them to a 1-1 draw.
In fact, the winless Sime Darby even led 1-0, thanks to substitute Muhammad Nazrul Kamarulzaman’s 35th-minute goal.
It was left to Junior Eldstal to save JDT the blushes when he equalised in the 60th minute.
Nazrul, who had come on as a substitute for injured striker Mohd Firdaus Azizul, was on the field for just four minutes when he had the easiest task of tapping the ball into goal after Nemanja Vidakovic had done all the hard work – sidestepping JDT defender Mohd Fadhli Shas and skipping past goalkeeper Mohd Farizal Marlias to set him up.
Stunned, JDT doubled their efforts in search of the equaliser but Sime Darby stood firm.
JDT started the second half by bringing in winger Mahali Jasuli in place of defender Mohd Amer Saidin in a bid to inject more pace and bite to the attack.
The added firepower allowed them to pin Sime Darby in their own half and saw JDT creating more chances.
Striker Mohd Safee Sali found the back of the net in the 47th minute but referee Mohd Nazrul Nasarudin ruled that the striker had controlled the ball with his hand.
JDT finally got their breakthrough on the hour mark when defensive midfielder Eldstal chested Mohd Amri Yahyah’s cross inside the box before rifling in a shot.
The Southern Tigers continued to press for the winner but Sime Darby held on to collect their first point of the season.