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Saturday September 28, 2013 MYT 11:07:00 PM
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by loganath velloo
Sarawak's Muamer Salibasic (left) gets the ball away from two Sime Darby players in their Malaysia Cup match which ended in a goalless draw.
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby FC and Sarawak played to a goalless draw in their Malaysia Cup quarter-final first leg match at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday night.
The Crocs are now favourites to go through to the semis in the clash between the two Premier League sides as the east Malaysians have a 100% win record at home in Kuching, where the second leg will be played next Saturday.
Sime Darby were the home side in Saturday’s match, but it was the Sarawak fans who flooded the Selayang Stadium to back their team.
There was not much excitement in the first half, with midfielder Mohd Fadzli Shaari creating both of Sime Darby’s best scoring chances.
The former international executed an acrobatic bicycle kick from outside the penalty box in the 41st minute, which almost caught Sarawak goalkeeper Sani Anuar Kamsani offguard.
Sani was again called into action just before the halftime whistle to block Mohd Fadzli’s grounder.
With lone forward Bobby Gonzales well shackled by the Sime Darby defence, Sarawak were relying on Muamer Salibasic to create their chances.
The attacking midfielder had a penalty claim denied by the referee in the 15th minute after the Bosnian felt he had been impeded by the outrushing Sime Darby goalkeeper Redzuan Harun.
Redzuan needed treatment for his hand after saving Salibasic’s powerful thunderbolt just minutes later.
The pace picked up in the second half, with Sime Darby showing more ambition in their opponent’s half.
Croatian forward Karlo Primorac tested Sani with a long range effort and then saw his curling freekick narrowly miss the target.
Sani again turned saviour for Sarawak late in the match when he touched Fahrul Razi Kamarudin’s lob onto the crossbar.
At the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, defender Madhu Mohana handed Lions XII a precious 1-0 win over last year’s finalists Armed Forces in their first leg match.
Madhu connected with a Shahfiq Ghani corner to beat Forces goalkeeper Farizal Harun in the 39th minute. The Singaporeans will probably be kicking themselves for not taking a more comfortable cushion for the return leg after late misses by Shahfiq and Faris Ramli.
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football, Malaysia Cup, Kelantan, Sime Darby, JDT, Johor Darul Takzim, Lions XII
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