KUALA LUMPUR – Felda United FC succeeded in avoiding meeting Group D champions Police when they emerged as champions of Group A in the group stage of the Malaysia Cup competition with 13 points.
‘The Fighters’ collected full points when they defeated Lions XII 3-1 in the final group match at the Selayang Stadium here last night.
Their Liberian import Zah Rahan Krangar opened scoring in the 9th minute before Faris Ramli pulled level for the opponents in the 22nd minute.
Indra Putra Mahyuddin made it two up for Felda United in the 26th minute before their other import player Ndumba Makeche sealed victory in the 28th minute.
Pahang remained as runners-up of Group A after they were tied 1-1 against Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.
JDT II received a penalty in the 13th minute after Jose Manuel Carrasco was brought down in the box by a Pahang defender. Their import player Nicolas Delmonte made no mistake from the spot.
In the 65th minute, both teams had to play with 10 players when Matias Ruben and Jose Manuel Carrasco (JDT II) were given the marching orders after they were involved in a scuffle.
Pahang found the equaliser in the 72nd minute through their import player Zeshan Rehman.
At the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baharu, Kelantan were humiliated before their own fans when they lost 0-3 to Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in their final Group C match.
JDT’s goals were netted by Jorge Pereyra Diaz in the 27th minute, Jasazrin Jamaludin (47th) and Luciano Gabriel Figueroa (67th).
In another Group C match played at the City Stadium, George Town, Penang notched their first win when they edged Armed Forces 2-1.
Hairuddin Omar put the visitors ahead in the 36th minute before Luiz Ricardo and Lee Gil Hoon scored for the hosts in the 50th and 62nd minutes respectively.
With tonight’s results, Felda United FC, Pahang, JDT and Kelantan have confirmed their place in the last eight while today’s matches will reveal who will join Police for the remaining slots. – Bernama