Crocs tame Lions to score first win


CLASH OF CHAMPIONS: Sarawak’s Shahrol Saperi (second left) controls the ball during the match against S’pore Lions XIII at the State Stadium last night. — Photo by Muhd Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Premier League champions Sarawak snatched their first hard-fought win in the Malaysia Cup after defeating Super League winners Singapore Lions XIII in their Group D match at Stadium Negeri last night.

Sarawak fielded the exact same line-up they did against Perak in their first match last Tuesday.

The Crocs took the lead in the 10th minute, thanks to an own goal by Muhd Safuwan Baharudin.

He headed the ball into their own net after attempting to block Sarawak’s Muamer Salibasic’s flip from near post after connecting a throw-in by teammate Ronnie Harun.

Robert Albert’s squad, however, suffered an early blow when star midfielder Guy Bwele was substituted after a knock in the 16th minute. Shahrol Saperi came in for the Cameroonian who suffered a hamstring injury.

After the breather, most of the play was in the centre field, as midfielders from both sides exchanged possession of the ball.

The Crocs were awarded a penalty in 70th minute after Singapore substitute player Muhammad Shafiq Ghani fouled Salibasic in the penalty box.

Skipper Joseph Kalang Tie cooly converted the penalty to make it 2-0.

Muhammad Shafiq, who was only introduced at the second half, was red carded for the challenge.

The Lions, however, stepped up their game, and managed to score in the 76th minute through Safuwan Baharudin to make the scoreline 2-1.

Sarawak nearly added another goal in the dying minutes of the match through Salibasic only for the Lions keeper to snatch the ball from his feet.

The scoreline remained until the final whistle.

Read more: Borneo Post

 

Player Ratings:

Christian Abbiati

Sani Anuar (7/10)

Beberapa kali menyelamatkan cubaan 1 by 1 dan cubaan berbahaya Lions XII. Perlu lebih konsisten dalam membuat decision clear ball. 

 

 

Christian AbbiatiRamesh Lai (7/10)

Posisinya kerap kali di asak Shahril Ishak kerana beliau yang paling kecil dalam lineup defender. Pengalaman luas beliau sangat membantu apabila berjaya mengekang serangan di sebelah kiri.

 

Christian AbbiatiRonny Harun (7/10)

Centre back kental ini berdepan dengan penyerang import Johor yang begitu baik di udara. Banyak membantu ketika perebutan bola di udara. Persefahaman dengan Hairol Mokhtar semakin bagus.

 

Christian AbbiatiHairol Mokhtar (7.5/10)

Seperti biasa  sangat cool. Berjaya membaca gerakan berbahaya lawan. 

 

 

Christian AbbiatiMafry Balang (7.5/10)

Seperti biasa  sangat cool. Gaya permainan yang agresif dan bengkeng nak dilepas.

 

 

Christian AbbiatiZamri Morshidi (7/10)

Aksi beliau sangat cemerlang, lincah serta mempunyai skill yang tinggi. Aksi yang konsisten darinya menyebabkan kita lupa ketiadaan Ashri Chu Chu. 

 

 

Christian AbbiatiGuy Bwele (7.5/10)

Guy Bwele was substituted after a knock in the 16th minute

 

 

Christian AbbiatiJunior Eldstal (7.5/10)

Menggunakan kelebihan ketinggian fizikal untuk membantu pertahanan dan juga ketika mempunyai peluang set piece.

 

 

Christian AbbiatiJoseph Kalang Tie (8.5/10)

Menjaringkan gol pada babak ke-2 hasil sepakan penalti.

 

 

Christian AbbiatiMuamer Salibasic (8/10)

Nice ball control. Able to put pressure to Lions XII concentration e.g Red card Muhammad Shafiq Ghani 

 

 

Christian AbbiatiBobby Gonzales (7.5/10)

Berjaya membuka ruang kepada pemain lain untuk menghasilkan gol. Hampir menjaringkan gol malam tadi tapi di clear dari atas garisan gol oleh pertahanan lawan. Hebat menggelecek & bodytrick yang menyebabkan pertahanan lawan & penyokong sendiri terpedaya ;)

 

Subtitutes:

Christian AbbiatiMazwandi Zakeria (6.5/10)

Masuk di hujung saingan menggantikan Azizan Saperi yang cedera. Berjaya membantu defender di hujung match.

 

 

Christian AbbiatiShahrol Saperi (7.5/10)

MEnggantikan Bwele pada minit ke-16. Saya melihat wataknya lebih kurang macam Mikel Arteta. Assist 3rd goal.. Banyak membuka ruang kepada winger untuk membuat serangan. Perlu improve volley dari luar box. Banyak shoot malam tadik tapi off target.

 

Christian AbbiatiAzizan Baba (6.5/10)

Aksi pertama sejak kembali dari kecederaan lutut.

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