SuperMokh Cup 2017 Day 3-Kashima Antlers, Buriram United, Paris Saint Germain, Sepahan and Cougars U-14 board the Cup semis boat

Maybank Academy Bangi

Game 1 0910 Sporting Club de Portugal vs Kashima Antlers (Under-12)

It’s easier said than done, but Kashima Antlers did it. Deny Sporting Club de Portugal a goal for a whole game. Rodrigo Duarte put the Kashima Antlers goalkeeper to the test with a sweetly struck first-timer from a long pass from midfield in the 7th minute but the keeper was equal to the challenge. The 16th minute saw the Japanese side coming close from a crisp 1-2 movement involving Shunsuke Shimpo and Sora Ouchi only for the ball to trail agonisingly just wide off the Portugese post.

The second half saw Sporting Club De Portugal pressing harder and harder for a goal, Carlos Rodrigo smacking a 32nd minute freekick against the bar. A header from point blank range by Guilherme was flapped away brilliantly by Arjuna Alex the Kashima keeper, before the boy between the sticks became the hero again with a superb stop of a Pedro Miguel screamer just 3 minutes later. 0-0 till the end.

Game 2 1100 HNK Hajduk Split vs JJ Football Academy (Under-12)  

2 games played, 2 defeats suffered is the story for both teams. Hajduk Split decided its about time they wake up and promptly scored their first goal of the tournament in the 6th minute through Stipe Patrik who was quickest to react from a spilled shot from the JJ Football Academy keeper.

Hajdik Split’s lead lasted for only 9 minutes before Park Hyesong took advantage of a mistake by the Croatian side’s defence to sweep in a 15th minute shot past Peter Dugec. It was virtually one way traffic in the direction of the JJ Football Academy goalmouth in the second half but once again, Hajduk Split’s defence undid their team. Ham Ihan did not need a second invitation at the space afforded to him, and the Japanese side completed a come from behind win with a shot by him into the top left hand side of goal. No more goals despite Hajduk’s best efforts, 2-1 to JJ Football Academy.

Game 3 1500 AMD Malaysia Panthers vs Urawa Red Diamonds (Under-13)

The hosts came looking to redeem what has been a sad SuperMokh campaign so far, and the 10th minute saw Mohamad Danial Haiqal beating the Urawa Red Diamonds offside trap only to place his shot inches off the right hand post.

Haruto Nishida dribbles forward 10 minutes later into the box for the Japanese side, only to balloon his shot over at the final moment. Mohammad Azraful Farish then broke the deadlock with a booming shot into the Urawa Reds net.

The second half belonged to Urawa Red Diamonds with the pairing of Haruto Nishida dan Shunta Tsuduki tearing apart the AMD Malaysia Panthers defence at will. It wasn’t till the 68th minute however, that captain Naruto smacked in the equalizer for a share of the points. Poor Urawa Red Diamonds go down to the Plate pairings despite finishing their group unbeaten.

MSN Field D , Bukit Jalil  

Game 1 0900 AMD Malaysia Panthers vs Mito Hollyhock(Under-14)

Mito Hollyhock looked all set for the Cup semis at the break, with a 3rd minute lead protected much to the frustration of the onlooking parents and supporters of AMD Malaysian Panthers.

The hosts then however, transformed into their namesakes with 4 goals shipped in a 12 minutes spell. Poor Mito Hollyhock go down to the plates, but sadly, so did their opponents, AMD Malaysia Panthers failing to make the Cup semifinal cut due to an inferior head to head record against Foolad Sepahan of Iran.

Game 2 1050 AMD Malaysian Cougars vs Gyeongnam FC(Under-14)

The defending brushed aside the pain of yesterdays’ defeat to Arsenal FC by swatting Gyeongnam FC 6-0 to make the Cup semifinals. AMD Malaysia Cougars find their old selves back, much to the whoops of delight from their parents and supporters cheering them on throughout the game.

Game 3 1500 AMD Malaysian Cougars vs AZ Alkmaar (Under-13)

22 goals shipped in in just 2 games and AMD Malaysian Cougars were probably floating on air as they step in against AZ Alkmaar. The Dutch side however, strutted their stuff and walked away off the pitch with 3 points in the bag and the leadership of the group secured. Their only blemish is a 28th minute goal by the AMD Malaysian Cougars, the only goal AZ Alkmaar has let in in the tournament so far.

MSN Field E Bukit Jalil

Game 1 0910 AMD Malaysia Panthers vs FF South Australia (Under-12)

Another case of an AMD Malaysian Panthers side rising up a little too late, the Group A standings seeing the hosts finish a point behind Kashima Antlers despite this 5-2 victory over FF South Australia.

AMD Malaysian Panthers built up a 5 goal lead before taking their foot of the pedal and allowing FF South Australia to hit back with 2 goals.

Game 2 1100 AMD Malaysian Cougars vs Aspire Academy (Under-12)  

It was a game between two teams who had qualified for the semi-finals, but the scoreline did not reflect that. AMD Malaysian Cougars made it 3 wins out of 3 with an 8 goal fest against their opponents from Qatar and looked prime and set to face whatever is to come in the Cup semis.

Game 3 1500 Paris Saint Germain vs Buriram United(Under-13)  

They started the tournament with a draw, but PSG finished the group as leaders after securing a 2-2 draw against Buriram United. They did it the hard way, as Buriram United were leading by two goals.

Some choice French words were directed to the boys in yellow, and it took their effect as Paris Saint Germain fought back to claim a 2-2 draw and a spot in the Cup semis.

Panasonic National Sports Complex, Shah Alam

Game 1 0900 Paris Saint Germain vs Foolad Sepahan (Under-14)

Hats off and a round of applause for Foolad Sepahan, who began the tournament losing 0-5 to Mito Hollyhock only to claw into the Cup Semis after a thrilling 0-0 draw against Paris Saint Germain.

It was a tight intense game with both set of players toiling till the final whistle in search of that elusive goal.

Game 2 1050 Arsenal FC vs Aspire Academy(Under-14)

3 victories from 3 games for the Gunners and it was 1-0 to the Arsenal against Aspire Academy, courtesy of a goal in the 32nd minute of the game.

Game 3 Gyeongnam FC vs FF South Australia(Under-13)

A dead rubber game given that both teams are already out of the Cup reckonings before the match started. Goals in the 29th and 40 minute ensured the first victory of the tournament for South Australian side. 2-0 to FF South Australia.

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