Pahang’s winning streak at the Darul Makmur Stadium came to an end after being defeated 1-0 by a resilient Selangor.
The Elephant’s dominated proceedings and would be asking themselves a question on how they could not put the ball past a magnificent Farizal Marlias despite opening up the Selangor defence on several occasions.
In the end, Andik Vermansyah unlocked Pahang’s defence in the 64th minute to take Selangor to the top of the Super League standings, with Pahang dropping to second. The teams were level on 28 points but Pahang had a better goal difference before the match.
Pahang and Selangor cancelled each other in the first half but it was the host who looked more likely to break the duck.
Nigerian forward Dickson Nwakaeme had two chances to bury the ball past Farizal Marlias in the first 15 minutes but could not direct his attempts.
First, the decision to delay a first timer shot proved costly as the Selangor defence surrounded Nwakaeme in the 10th minute. Two minutes later, a miss-clearance by Shahrom Abdul Kalam presented an opportunity to Nwakaeme with Farizal of his line, but 27-year-old could not direct the ball.
Matias Conti also saw a powerful shot parried away by Farizal in the 13th minute. A short corner by Hafiz Kamal in the 15th minute saw R. Gopinathan’s dipping cross tipped over by Farizal.
At the back, a steady backline marshalled by skipper Razman Roslan and Damion Stewart ensured stand-in goalkeeper Nasril Nourdin have a relatively easy first half. Nasril replaced regular Khairul Azhan Khalild, who had a awkward fall in training yesterday.
Pahang were again the better side in the second half, pushing forward in numbers to continue their fine form at the Darul Makmur Stadium and had Farizal not positioned himself well, Hafiz Kamal would have found the back of the net with a trademark freekick in the 55th minute.
Selangor stunned the home crowd after Paulo Rangel and Andik Vermansyah played a one-two with each other before the Indonesian starlet calmly slotted the ball past Nasril.
Centreback Damion Stewart could have leveled terms after finding himself with a free header but could not direct Fauzi Roslan’s cross in the 79th minute.