KUALA LUMPUR – Defending Super League champion Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) rekindled its title hopes after a convincing 4-1 victory over Perak at the Larkin Stadium, tonight.
The win saw JDT collect 46 points and wrest top spot from Pahang who blew their title hopes at their own backyard when Felda United denied all three points after a 2-2 at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan.
JDT can clinch the title on Saturday when the Johor team face Felda United at the Selayang Stadium.
In Larkin, Luciano Figueroa struck the opening goal for JDT in the 44th minute, Mohd Nazrin Nawi added the second in the 47th minute before S. Chanturu added the third in the 66th minute and Safiq Rahim ensured all three points in the 71st minute.
Brazilian import Thiago Junior Aquino scored Perak’s solitary goal in the 60th minute.
In Kuantan, imports Dickson Nwakaeme (48th min) and Damian Delano Stewart (78th min) scored for Pahang while Brazilian import Thiago Augusto Fernandes scored Felda United’s both goals in the 62nd and 68th minutes.
At the Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor kept their third place intact with a 3-0 win over Kelantan with goals from Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (23rd min) and a brace from Guilherme De Paula (49th min, 63rd min penalty).
Terengganu gunned down Police 1-0 to move up to fourth spot through Canadian import Issey Nakajima-Farran’s 81st minute strike.
In Kuching, Sarawak collected three points by edging Lions XII from Singapore 2-1 at the State Stadium with goals from Nyema Patrick Gerhardt (23rd min) and Billy Mehmet Osman (39th min) before Muhammad Khairul Amri Mohamad Kamal reduced the deficit for the Lions in the 75th minute.
Meanwhile, Sime Darby FC who were already relegated to the Premier League next season, pulled off the first victory of their season by beating Armed Forces 1-0 through Nemanja Vidakovic’s 65th minute goal.
The defeat saw Armed Forces join Sime Darby in the Premier League next season.