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Defending Champion Pahang And Lions XII Equip Themselves With Slim Advantage

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KUALA LUMPUR: Defending FA Cup champion Pahang and Lions XII from Singapore managed a slim advantage over their opponents in the FA Cup first leg semifinal matches played last night.

Pahang who are also leading the Super League managed a 1-0 victory over Kelantan at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan while Lions XII beat Terengganu 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

The return leg will be played on May 16.

Lions XII under coach Fandi Ahmad will face a tough task to make it to their first ever FA Cup final when they play Terengganu at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu.

The Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium can accommodate 35,000 fans compared with the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium which can only accommodate 10,000 fans.

Pahang’s only goal of the match was scored by Matias Conti, Pahang’s import from Argentina, after a Dickson Nwakaeme pass.

At the Jalan Besar Stadium, Lions XII opened accounts through Muhammad Khairul Nizam Mohammad Kamal in the 30thy minute while Muhammad Faris Ramli made it 2-0, four minutes later.

Gustavo Fabian Lopez, Terengganu’s import from Argentina beat Lions XII goalkeeper Muhammad Izwan Mahbud in the 39th minute from a well taken free-kick to keep his team in the hunt.

The FA Cup final is scheduled at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on May 23.

– BERNAMA

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