Casagrande overcomes medical issue to score equaliser


Saddil Ramdani in action for Sabah during their Super League game against Kuala Lumpur. - Photo courtesy of Sabah FC

PETALING JAYA: Striker Casagrande did not let a medical issue stop him from scoring a late goal for Penang to draw level at 1-1 against Sabah.

On Sunday, Sabah’s Indonesian winger Saddil Ramdani drew first blood in the 52nd minute at the City Stadium, Georgetown.

Saddil had initiated a brilliant play with Liberian striker Sam Johnson before unleashing a venomous shot past Penang goalkeeper Bryan See.

When it seemed like Sabah were heading for a win, Casagrande headed in a corner from Amer Azhar in the 85th minute.

It was the Brazilian’s fourth Super League goal.

His coach Thomas Trucha revealed that the 30-year-old lanky player had to deal with some medical issues but told the coaching staff he would play on.

“Before the game, he had some fitness concerns, which we do not want to reveal, but he was adamant about playing. Even with those issues, he gave a good performance, and I cannot fault his commitment, ” said the Czech coach.

“Even when he is not scoring goals, he still gives his all and creates chances for others to score the goal.

“Playing in front of our fans, it was good to get the equaliser. In our next home game, we will surely get a win for the fans.”

Penang are in the fourth spot with 15 points, while Sabah stay in 10th with six points.

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