Perak continued their impressive momentum in the Malaysian Super League after coming from behind to clinch a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Selangor earlier today.
The match was billed as a clash between two sides with plenty to prove this season, and tempo of the game, from the get-go, validated the billing. Both sides were at it from kick off, with Perak showing plenty of courage despite playing away from home.
But the home side eventually got the breakthrough as Guilherme de Paula broke the deadlock to put Selangor 1-0 ahead on the 18th minute.
The Seladangs though, never indicated any signs of slowing down as they kept pushing on the offensive. They were eventually awarded a spot-kick before half-time, and Namkung Woong stepped up to comfortably slot home and restore parity.
After the break, Perak started playing with much needed impetus and the match looked like it could go either way, considering that both sides were showcasing plenty of intent.
But the away side eventually got the break on the hour’s mark, as Nurridzuan Abu Hassan, a product of their President Cup squad, stepped up to score a free-kick and put Perak ahead.
The Red Giants attempted to muster a strong response, and they went gung ho when Perak were reduced to 10 men. Nurridzuan was sent off for a second bookable offence, testing the nerves of Perak fans, who had to see their team defend and keep it tight for almost five minutes.
But the score line eventually remained, as Selangor succumbed to their second consecutive defeat.