KUALA LUMPUR – Super League defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) failed to top the table this week, as they drew 1-1 with 2015 Premier League champions Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar Saturday night.
The Southern Tigers remain in second place with 21 points after nine games, behind Felda United FC who are only on goal advantage.
The hosts, known as the Red Eagles, started strong, scoring in the first minute through midfielder Baddrol Bakhtiar.
However, Mario Gomez’s squad equalised in the 45th minute through Argentinian striker Juan Martin Lucero, who slotted in a penalty-kick past Kedah goalkeeper Farhan Abu Bakar.
JDT were awarded the spot kick as Kedah’s South Korean defender Bang Seung Hwan fouled Jorge Pereyra Diaz in the penalty box.
Meanwhile, Selangor retained third spot after a goalless draw against hosts the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka.
The match was also marred by a red card incident when the Red Giants’ midfielder Muhammad Nazmi Faiz received his marching orders from referee Mohd Nafeez Abd Wahab in the 70th minute for a foul on PDRM’s Brazilian import player, Andre Francisco Williams.
Kelantan, on the other hand, managed to move up to fifth place after marking a 3-0 victory over fellow East Coast rivals Terengganu, at the Sultan Muhammad-IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.
Wan Zack Haikal Wan Md Noor opened the scoring for the Red Warriors in the 12th minute while Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria and Fakhrul Zaman Wan Abdullah Zawawi added the second and third goals in the 62nd and 88th minutes.
Meanwhile, Sarawak missed the opportunity to record their second win of the season, as they had to be contented with a 1-1 draw against Pahang FC at Stadium Negeri, Kuching.
The Crocs managed by former national headcoach Datuk K. Rajagopal opened scoring in the 30th minute through Timor Leste import Junior Aparecido but Pahang FC’s Slovakian striker Dalibor Volas dealt them a blow when he equalised in the 56th minute.
Today, Perak will face league leaders Felda United FC at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh while Penang will host Terengganu FC II at the City Stadium, George Town.