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Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 10:09:00 PM
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PETALING JAYA: Lions XII threw the contest in the Malaysia Cup Group D wide open by defeating Sarawak 1-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday night.
Substitute Fazrul Nawaz’s cool finish in the 63rd minute allowed the Super League champions to pull level on seven points with the group’s pacesetters Sarawak and Perak.
With just one round of matches to go, all four teams in the group stand a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals as only one point separates Group D’s bottom side Kedah from the three teams ahead of them.
On Wednesday, Sarawak could have wrapped up qualification had they beaten the Singaporeans.
Instead, the Premier League champions must now see off Perak in Kuching on Saturday to qualify for the last eight. Lions XII take on Kedah in Alor Setar.
The Singapore Under-23 side can breathe a huge sigh of relief to still be in contention as they had failed to win their opening three matches before reeling off two consecutive home wins.
In a cagey first half with few scoring chances, Sarawak’s best chance fell to Bosnian Muamer Salibasic, who shot into the side netting in the 10th minute.
Lions XII’s Faris Ramli caused panic in the Crocs backline when he weaved past three defenders down the right flank in the 35th minute. But the winger messed up his final delivery by rolling the ball straight into goalkeeper Sani Anuar Kamsani’s hands.
Sensing their urgency for goals, Lions XII coach V. Sundramoorthy threw on dangermen Shahril Ishak and Fazrul Nawaz early in the second half to add more bite upfront.
The gamble paid off handsomely as the unmarked Fazrul collected a through pass from Baihakki Khaizan and slotted past the rooted Sani.
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football, Malaysia Cup, Lions XII, Sarawak, Perak, Kedah, Muamer Salibasic, Fazrul Nawaz, V. Sundramoorthy, Shahril Ishak
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