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Sime Darby's Mohd Arif Ismail tries to get the ball away from Armed Forces' Nizaruddin Yusof (left) in their Malaysia Cup match on Sept 21, 2013. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and both teams qualified to the quarter-finals.
PETALING JAYA: Lions XII, Sarawak, Armed Forces, Sime Darby, PKNS, JDT, Kelantan and Pahang have booked a spot in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.
Bosnian striker Muamer Salibasic delivered a hat-trick as Sarawak booked their last eight berth in style by trouncing Perak 6-1 in Kuching.
Super League champs Lions XII playing in the same Group D, joined them in the quarter-finals after emerging 3-1 victors over Kedah at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.
Sarawak raced to a 2-0 lead after just seven minutes through a Khairi Kiman own goal and a Bobby Gonzales strike.
Yong Kuong Yong reduced the deficit for Perak in the 23rd minute but Salibasic’s hat-trick (42nd, 60th, 72nd) and a Zamri Morshidi goal (57th) squashed any hopes of a Perak comeback.
At the Darulaman Stadium, two goals in the space of five minutes by Hariss Harun (24th) and Baihakki Khaizan (28th) calmed the Singaporeans’ nerves.
Kedah hit back through Alen Guc a minute before the break, but Hafiz Sujad restored Lions XII’s two-goal advantage in the 65th minute.
Armed Forces and Sime Darby also marched into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup after settling for a 1-1 draw in their final Group A match at the Selayang Stadium last night.
Forces went ahead with defender Amiridzwan Taj Tajuddin’s strike in the third minute but Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin equalised in the 39th minute to share the points.
Both teams collected nine points after playing six matches but the Gladiators top the group on a better goal difference ahead of second placed Sime Darby.
In another Group A match at the Shah Alam Stadium, 32-time champions Selangor staged a fightback with goals from S. Kunalan (69th) and Mohd Amri Yahyah (75th ) to beat 10 men Johor 2-1 but they still ended up last in the group.
In-form striker Farid Ideris converted a spot kick in the 47th minute for Johor but it was mere consolation after See Kok Luen was sent off in the 55th minute, thus allowing Selangor to come from behind for the win.
In Group B, PKNS advanced to the quarter-finals in style with an unbeaten run after beating cash-rich Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) 2-0 at the Larkin Stadium.
Goals from Reeshafiq Alwi in the 24th minute and Roman Chemelo in the 64th minute handed them a comfortable win to top the group with 15 points.
Despite the defeat JDT still advance to the quarter-finals after finishing second with nine points to stay ahead of T-Team on a better goal difference.
T-Team who had beaten bottom side Felda United 2-1 at the Sultan Ismail Stadium with Ahmad Syamim Yahya’s brace in the 21st and 62nd also had nine points but it was not enough to edge JDT.
Felda got their consolation goal from Mohd Akmal Mohd Noor in the 86th minute.
Defending champions Kelantan stayed on course for the double when they qualified for the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup competition after defeating Pahang 4-0 in a Group C match at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
Former international Indra Putra Mahayuddin opened accounts in the 25th minute and Nigerian Dickson Nwakaeme hit a hat-trick in the 65th, 76th and 82nd minutes to put the Red Warriors, also the reigning FA Cup champions, on top of the standings with 11 points.
However, the runners-up spot was clinched by Pahang, who pipped Negri Sembilan on a better goal difference to claim their place in the last eight.
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football, Malaysia Cup, Lions XII, Sarawak, Armed Forces, Sime Darby, PKNS, JDT, Kelantan, Pahang
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