LionsXII's away blues continue in Sarawak
Fandi's men come unstuck on the road again and miss out on top-four spot
No top-four finish in the Malaysian Super League, and a harder road in the Malaysia Cup.
It remains a mystery why the LionsXII are woeful away from home, but capable of beautiful football at their own Jalan Besar Stadium, after Fandi Ahmad’s side fell 2-1 to lowly Sarawak in their penultimate Malaysian Super League (MSL) clash in Kuching last night.
In nine out of their 11 away matches this season and in six out of their last seven games, the Singapore outfit have allowed the home team to take the lead, most of the time leaving themselves with too much to do in the latter stages.
And so it was last night at Stadium Negeri as well, when they just couldn’t defend the only two corners Sarawak had the whole match, as first Nyema Gernhardt, and then Billy Mehmet, profited from former Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Fatic’s left-footed set-pieces.
Even though the tireless Khairul Amri pulled one back from the spot in the 75th minute, and maybe had another penalty just a minute later, the LionsXII faltered in their bid to avoid their seventh away defeat of the season.
Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 20.
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