Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Kuala Lumpur-Selangor derby ends in goalless draw

Selangor and Kuala Lumpur played out a drab 0-0 draw to share the points in a Group D Malaysia Cup match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium here yesterday.

The Red Giants controlled most of the proceedings in the first half as the Klang Valley derby was played on a heavy pitch following a thunderstorm earlier.

Kuala Lumpur were content to sit back and hit Selangor on the break.

Kuala Lumpur goalkeeper Norazlan Razali proved a real stumbling block for Selangor, denying them with some vital saves.

Despite relying on counter attacks, Kuala Lumpur had the best chance to break the deadlock in the 42nd minute when midfielder Yong Kuong Yong beat Selangor’s offside trap. However, Selangor goalkeeper G. Jeevanathan was quick to rob the ball from the nippy midfielder.

Three minutes later, it was Selangor’s turn to rue a missed chance when a well-crafted Amri Yahyah free-kick from edge of the box rebounded off the KL crossbar in the 45th minute.

The introduction of national skipper Safiq Rahim in the second half added more bite to Selangor’s attack but the lack of a clinical finisher remains a big problem for the 32-time Malaysia Cup winners.

Kuala Lumpur are probably happier with the result as they now lead Group D with seven points after three matches. Selangor are third with four points.

In the other Group D match at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu, T-Team hammered Police 4-0 to pip Selangor into second spot with six points. Police have now lost all three matches.

Zairo Anuar Zalani broke the deadlock with a superb header in the 43rd minute before Nor Fazly Alias doubled their lead deep into injury time in the first half.

Fitri Omar then made it 3-0 when he pounced on a loose ball in the 65th minute before Mohd Norfarhan Muhammad completed the rout in the 76th minute.

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