By ERIC SAMUEL
PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) finally got the win they’ve been craving for – with the help of two red cards to Perak.
The star-studded cast of JDT had been expected to steamroll past their opponents with their big-name signings this season.
But JDT have failed to catch fire so far, losing 3-2 to Pahang in their opening Super League match on Tuesday and struggling to beat nine-man Perak 1-0 at the Larkin Stadium last night.
National centreback Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak scored the winner for JDT in the 49th minute after Perak were reduced to nine men following the sending-off of defenders Khairi Kiman and Mohd Hisyamudin Sha’ari in the 38th and 44th minutes respectively.
In Kelana Jaya, surprise package Pahang picked up their second consecutive win when they edged Felda United 1-0 at the MBPJ Stadium, with second-half substitute Mohamed Borji taking credit for the deflected goal in the last minute of the game.
The Moroccan actually tried to shield Azamuddin Akil’s pass in the six-yard box but the ball surprisingly rolled past Felda United goalkeeper Mohd Helmi Eliza.
Felda had only themselves to blame for not taking the lead in the first-half after Azi Shahril Azmi and former Kelantan striker Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud muffed sitters in the 20th and 32nd minutes respectively.
Pahang’s Mohd Fauzi Roslan, the two-goal hero against JDT on Tuesday, had the best chance of the half but his glancing header was well saved by Helmi in the 40th minute.
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