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Asprilla hat-trick sinks Devils

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 10:05 AM PDT

2011/03/13
By Devinder Singh


The EPL All-Stars team celebrate after winning the  Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup  at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The EPL All-Stars team celebrate after winning the Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

FAUSTINO Asprilla's hat-trick saw the EPL All-Stars dethrone Manchester United to lift the 2011 Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup with a 3-2 win in the final at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

United, winners of this tournament when it was last held in 2009, were unable to repeat their 4-1 preliminary round win over the All-Stars were underdone by former Newcastle striker's cool finishing.

Asprilla opened the scoring in the second minute when he toe-poked a lose ball in off the crossbar before making it 2-0 in the next minute with a low shot after and All-Stars counter-attack.


Asprilla had a chance to complete his hat-trick in the fourth minute when faced alone with goalkeeper Fraser Digby but pulled his shot while wide under no pressure.

The All-Stars paid the price when Jesper Blomqvist pulled one back in the fifth minute for United to trail 2-1 at the break before Ronny Johnsen found a gap in the All-Stars defence and fired in the equaliser in the ninth minute.

Asprilla did get his hat-trick in the 11th minute when he pounced on a rebound to restore the All-Stars' lead.


The Colombian appeared to pull his hamstring the in the process and took no further part in the final but still ended as the tournament top scorer with six goals.

The All-Stars coasted through to the final whistle with United having little by way of chances or possession although the Red Devils had the consolation of having Andy Cole named as the best player of the tournament.

Earlier, Liverpool was denied a place in the final on goal difference after finishing level on points with United and the All-Stars.


Zainal Abidin Hassan's goal in Malaysia's 5-2 defeat to Liverpool saw the Reds miss out by the narrowest of margins.

Among the other players featured in the Malaysian team, who also lost 6-3 to the All-Stars and 3-1 to United, were goalkeeper Mazlan Wahed, Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian, K. Gunalan, Shahrin Majid and Annuar Abu Bakar.

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Selangor, Malacca in do-or-die battle

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 08:23 AM PDT

SELANGOR and Malacca registered convincing wins in the National Under-16 tournament yesterday and are poised for an explosive Group A encounter at the KLHA Stadium today.

Pahang were at the receiving end of the Selangor onslaught when they were thrashed 7-1 while Malacca were equally clinical in their 3-1 win over Johor.

With defending champions Kuala Lumpur whitewashing Police 9-0 also in Group A, Selangor and Malacca play in a do-or-die match when they clash today.


Selangor coach Wan Samsuri realises that even after three wins, the match against Malacca could determine their fate in the tournament.

"It is a three-way battle involving Selangor, KL and Malacca for the two semi-final slots from our group. That is why we can't afford to lose against Malacca," said Wan Samsuri.

"Having eight players from last year's team helps as we did not have more then a week's preparation for the tournament this time. And after the relatively poor performance against Sabah in our opening match, we have been improving.


"Our initial target is making the semis and from there it will be an open affair as I do not see a vast difference in standard among the teams here."

Selangor, represented mostly by players from SMK Seksyen 11 Shah Alam and the Bukit Jalil Sports School, showed why they must be feared when they demolished Pahang.

Mohamed Noor Khairul scored a hat-trick with goals in the 5th, 12th and 45th minutes with the other goals coming from Haikal Zamri (13th), Nazirul Mubin (24th, 44th) and Qamarul Afiq Azny (56th). Pahang's consolation was scored by Khairul Amri Talha in the 32nd minute.


Malacca were a cut above in their match against Johor and took the lead in the sixth minute via skipper Firdaus Omar. But Johor were on levels terms when Safeed Roslan found the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Goals from Mohd Firdaus (39th) and Nur Alif Aiman (53rd) gave Malacca the three points.

RESULTS -- Group A: Selangor 7 Pahang 1, Johor 1 Malacca 3, Kuala Lumpur 9 Police 0.

Group B: Singapore 1 Terengganu 7, Perak 2 Penang 0, Negri Sembilan 3 Perlis 0, Kedah 0 Kelantan 4.

TODAY -- Group A: Kuala Lumpur v Pahang (5pm), Selangor v Malacca (6.30pm), Police v Sabah (8pm).

Group B: N. Sembilan v Kelantan (7.30am), Perak v Perlis (Ministry of Education, 8.30am), Kedah v Terengganu (9am), Penang v Singapore (3.30pm).

l ALL other matches at the KLHA Stadium. -- JUGJET SINGH

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