KUALA LUMPUR – There were upsets in the third action of the group level of the 2015 Malaysia Cup when several choice teams including defending champions, Pahang lost to their respective opponents Saturday night.
Pahang, which is also the Super League runner-up, failed to defend its unbeaten record in Group D after a 1-4 shock loss to Penang at the Bandaraya Stadium, Penang.
Four goals of the Panthers squad were scored by Mohd Failee Ghazali in the 38th and 47th minute, Mohd Azinee Taib (81st) and Alberto Goncalves, three minutes later, while Pahang scored its sole goal via Dickson Nwakaeme in the 41st minute.
In the group B competition, Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) recorded its sole win after beating Perak 2-0 at the Perak Stadium, Ipoh via strikes by Jerry Palacios and Venice Elphi in the 39th and 89th minutes, respectively.
Also getting its first win was the T-Team which created a shock after beating two-time champions Kelantan, 3-1 in a group C match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kuala Terengganu.
Mohd Zulhanizam Shafine scored two goals for the host team in the 14th and 21st minute and Tomislav Busic in the 30th minute while Kelantan’s sole goal was scored by Gilmar Da Silva in the 87th minute.
Another group C action between Selangor and Felda United at the Shah Alam Stadium ended in a scoreless draw.
In the meantime, defender Safuwan Baharudin emerged hero of the Lions XII team from Singapore after scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute in group A against Terengganu at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapura.
Earlier, both teams drew 2-2 with the Lions X11 team goal being scored by Sahil Suhaimi in the 35th minute and Safuwan in the 54th minute while Paulo Rangel scored two goals for Terengganu in the fourth and 44th minute.
Three group level matches had to be put off due to several problems, including the group A match between Johor Darul Ta’zim 11 (JDT 11) and Kedah at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium, Johor Baharu due to haze.
The group B match between Sarawak and JDT was also postponed as JDT was involved with the AFC Cup semi-finals against Kuwaiti representatives, Qadsia SC other than the group D action between PDRM and PKNS FC at the Shah Alam Stadium which was put off due to overlapping venues.