KUALA LUMPUR – Club side Sime Darby FC led five teams into the FA Cup quarterfinals after beating their respective third round opponents, last night.
Sime Darby turned giant killers by beating Police 4-2 at the Selayang Stadium with goals from Dilshod Sharofetdinov (44th min), Ivan Dragicevic (48th min), Nemanja Vidakovic (75th, 80th min) while the Cops replied through Dramane Traore (1st min) and Mohamadou Sumareh (63rd min).
Sime Darby’s reward for the win is an opportunity to avenge their defeat in the 2012 FA Cup final after drawing eventual winner Kelantan who had incidentally beaten Sime Darby 1-0 in the final at the Nasional Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Kelantan booked their berth in the quarterfinals after beating Premier League side Kuala Lumpur 1-0 through Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor’s 64th minute solitary goal.
Perak, a rejuvenated side under coach Datuk M. Karathu, came from behind to beat Terengganu outfit T-Team 2-1 at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.
Farhod Tadjiev gave T-Team a flying start in the 14th minute but Perak’s South Korean import Namkung Woong struck twice in the 16th and 31st minutes to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Both teams ended the match with 10-man after referee Muhammad Nazmi Nasarudin gave the marching orders to Perak’s Syazwan Roslan and T-Team’s Mohd Noor Hakim Hassan for fighting in the 67th minute.
Perak will face either Selangor or Terengganu who face each other at the Shah Alam Stadium today.
Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) also moved into the quarterfinals after earning a slim 1-0 win over Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar with Muhd Akram Mahinan netting the winner in the 87th minute.
JDT II will meet the winner of the match between Lions XII from Singapore and SPA Putrajaya FC.
Negeri Sembilan, also known as NS Matrix failed to earn a slot after going down 1-2 to Penang at their own backyard, the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi, Seremban.
Shahrizal Mohd Saad put the home team in front by the 2nd minute but Penang’s imports Alberto Goncalves Da Costa (12th min) and Lee Gil Hoon (79th min) clinched the victory for Penang. – BERNAMA