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Football: LionsXII fall to PKNS in Malaysia Super League match

The LionsXII slumped to their fifth defeat in seven Malaysian Super League games, after losing 2-1 away to bottom side PKNS.

SINGAPORE: The LionsXII slumped to their fifth defeat in seven Malaysian Super League games, after losing 2-1 away to bottom side PKNS.

Gabriel Quak opened the scoring for the Lions in the first half, but Arip Amiruddin equalised minutes later.

Patrick Wleh then grabbed the winner for PKNS seconds after the break.

The LionsXII started in Shah Alam with regular centre back Safuwan Baharudin playing in attack.

There was also a start for young striker Syafiq Zainal, as the Singapore side chased their first win since their home victory against ATM FA last month.

Instead, it was Gabriel Quak who had the small travelling contingent on its feet just past the half hour mark.

The winger won back possession at the half way line and went on a jinking run, before cutting inside to unleash a powerful shot from all of 25 yards.

It was his first goal of the season.

PKNS could have won a penalty moments later when Lions goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud appeared to tackle Wleh unfairly in the box, but the referee was unmoved.

PKNS would not be denied an equaliser for long.

An inch-perfect through ball from the middle of the park found Arip Amiruddin in acres of space, and he calmly slotted past Izwan for the leveller.

Things got feisty at the stroke of half time, with Lions' midfielder Firdaus Kasman hacked down, before a shoving match ensued, after Afiq Yunos challenged PKNS keeper Remezey Che Ros at a corner.

The hosts took the lead just seconds after the break.

A long ball found Wleh in space, and the big striker shrugged off a challenge from Baihakki Khaizan to finish clinically for his sixth goal of the campaign.

It would not be the last time Wleh got the better of Baihakki.

Minutes later, the Liberian out-muscled Baihakki before crossing low into the box.

But Arip blasted over from close range with goalkeeper Izwan beaten.

In their desperation for an equaliser, the Lions went long at every opportunity.

A tame Sufian Anuar header was all the visitors had to show for their efforts, as PKNS easily mopped up at the back.

It finished 2-1 to PKNS at the final whistle, although they are still prime candidates for relegation.

The Lions meanwhile, are stuck firmly in the eighth position, in the 12-team league.

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