Sabah outclassed Penang 5-2


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah FC head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s absence after receiving a red card in the previous match did not stop his team from beating Penang FC 5-2 in a dramatic match in Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu.
The match referee, Zulkarnain Zakaria became the focus of the night’s proceedings when he awarded a total of four penalties.
Sabah, who had assistant head coach Rastislav Bozik at the sidelines tonight opened accounts in the third minute through a header by team captain Park Tae-su from a corner kick, but Penang only took five minutes to reply through Lebanese import player Lubnan Hassan Saad.
The first penalty of the match was awarded to Sabah after national striker Darren Lok was fouled by Penang keeper Khatul Anuar Md Jalil, which he duly converted in the 45th minute.
In the waning minutes of the match, Zulkarnain awarded the second penalty of the match to Penang after Adriano Narcizo was fouled by Mohd Amri Yahyah. Adriano converted the penalty in injury time (90+1).
But things did not end there, as the third penalty was awarded to Sabah for a foul by Zaw Min Tun on Irfan Fazail, but the penalty hit the goalpost instead (90+11).
The final and fourth penalty was awarded to Sabah when Rizal Ghazali was brought down by Rafael Vitor, and Rizal tucked it in to end the match 5-2 (90+12).