Table toppers LionsXII held to 1-1 draw by cellar dwellers Negeri Sembilan

The LionsXII could manage only a 1-1 draw against bottom side Negeri Sembilan in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) on Saturday night.

At Paroi, the hosts' Brazilian striker Fabio Leandro Barbosa pounced on a mistake in midfield and fired a long-range shot into the bottom corner in the 16th minute.

But LionsXII striker Fazrul Nawaz equalised in the 20th minute when he swivelled inside the box before ramming a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

However, V. Sundramoorthy's men could not capitalise on their numerical advantage when centre-back Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman was sent off in the 73rd minute for a reckless lunge on winger Nazrul Nazari.

The LionsXII remain top of the 12-team MSL on 24 points, two ahead of Selangor and Johor Darul Takzim. Negeri Sembilan remain bottom on six points with no wins.