KUALA LUMPUR – Defending champion Pahang and Super League champion Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) look headed for the Malaysia Cup showdown after registering consecutive victories in Group D and B, today.
Pahang produced another splendid display to register their second consecutive victory by beating PKNS FC in their Malaysia Cup Group D match at the Selayang Stadium while JDT overcame Armed Forces 3-2 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi, Seremban.
The win, Pahang’s second in as many matches, saw the East Coast side move to the top of Group D with six points while JDT moved to the top of Group B.
Pahang’s goals came through Azammuddin Mohd Akil in the 59th minute and Dickson Nwakaeme in the final minute of the match.
In Seremban, JDT who took a three-goal lead had to ensure some anxious moments before walking out winners after Armed Forces staged a late fightback to close the gap.
Marcos Antonio gave JDT a flying start before Mahalli Jasuli extended the lead in the 26th minute while Safiq Rahim made it 3-0 in the 51st minute.
However, when JDT seemed contended with the lead, Armed Forces struck through their imports Abdulafees Abdulsalam (67th min) and Jerry Palacios (90th min).
In another Group D match, Police and Penang shared the spoils and points in a 3-3 draw at the Shah Alam Stadium.
In Ipoh, Perak registered their first Malaysia Cup win at the Perak Stadium by beating Sarawak 1-0 through Bobby Gonzales’ 63rd minute goal.
At the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah in Kuala Terengganu, 32 times champion Selangor beat T-Team 1-0 in a Group C match with a 50th minute goal from Guilherme De Paula.
In Johor Baharu, Lions XII from Singapore snatched all three points from JDT II at the Pasir Gudang Stadium with a last minute winner from Safuwan aharudin to emerge 2-1 winners.
Safuwan had earlier given the Singapore side a 22nd minute lead Argentina import Nicolas Delmonte equalised for JDT II in the 72nd minute. – BERNAMA