Southeast Asia Malaysia

Panthers Recover from Setback to Beat Bos Gaurus

Penang FC showed some excellent mentality on Saturday’s 2021 Liga Super Malaysia Matchweek 6 action, managing to recover from going 1-0 down to beat Perak FC 2-1 at the City Stadium in George Town. The win helped Tomas Trucha’s Panthers to remain fourth in the Liga Super table, continuing a good run of form that saw them hanging around the upper echelons of the table.

Playing at a vacant City Stadium, Penang were stunned in the 11th minute after goalkeeper Samuel Somerville was unable to handle an Ezequiel Aguero shot properly. Somerville’s attempt in deflecting Aguero’s effort away sees the ball ending up in the possession of Perak midfielder Careca, with the Brazilian performing the simplest of headers to place the ball in the back of the Penang goal.

Despite this setback Penang was able to draw the scoreline level through Casagrande in the 42nd minute, the Brazilian taking advantage of a skirmish in front of the Perak goal to stab home the equalizer. Casagrande had tested the Perak defense with a close-ranged shot that was cleared away by a Perak defender, before the rebound was received by Danial Ashraf who tested Perak goalkeeper Hafizul Hakim from some distance. Hafizul got a good hand on the ball and managed to deflect it away, however Casagrande seized upon the rebound and lashed a shot past Hafizul to peg Perak back into square one.

Penang then managed to turn things around and swing the match towards their favor in the 70th minute. Sheriddin Boboev swung in a corner that was met by a powerful header by Casagrande, with the ball being deflected by a Perak defender towards the path of Rafael Vitor, who dinked in a header past Hafizul. 2-1 in favor of the Panthers and they managed to successfully defend their lead all the way to the end of the match.

Saturday’s other Matchweek 6 games saw Selangor FC pulling off a 2-0 win away at state rivals UiTM FC, halting a 4-game winless run in the process, while a limited audience saw Kuala Lumpur City playing out a goalless draw with Sabah FC at the KLFA Stadium in Cheras, with the match being one of the two pilot matches for the Malaysia Football League (MFL)’s project in reintroducing fans into stadiums.