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Saturday September 28, 2013 MYT 11:20:00 PM
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by k. rajan
Norshahrul Idlan Tahala celebrating after scoring JDT's second goal against Kelantan. JDT won 4-2. – Bernama Photo
JOHOR BARU: Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) may have won this Malaysia Cup quarter-final first-leg tie against defending champions Kelantan 4-2 at their homeground – Larkin Stadium – but there’s still a lot to do for the southerners.
JDT will surely be treading with caution in the return leg next Saturday, with Kelantan having scored two precious away goals.
JDT shone in the first half last night, scoring three goals.
JDT drew first blood when Jasazrin Jamaluddin opened the scoring off a freekick in the fourth minute.
Striker Norshahrul Idlan Tahala then doubled JDT’s lead in 20th minute.
Despite JDT’s superiority in the first half, Kelantan managed to steal a goal three minutes later when Indra Putra Mahayuddin’s shot was deflected into goal by JDT skipper Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak.
That, however, did not stop JDT from increasing their lead when midfielder Safiq Rahim struck the third in the 39th minute to cap off a domineering first-half performance.
Earlier, national striker Safee Sali could have made it more comfortable for the southerners but his effort, in the 32nd minute, was well saved by goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
Kelantan came back stronger after the breather, thanks to the introduction of rightback Nik Sharul Azim Abdul Halim and winger Zairol Anuar Zalani.
The substitutions by coach Bojan Hodak proved to be a masterstroke as Kelantan looked more dangerous.
And it took them just four minutes after the restart to reduce the deficit through centreback Obinna Nwaneri’s powerful header.
But portly striker Leonel Nunez, who came off the bench, restored JDT’s two-goal cushion in the 81st minute.
The two goals JDT conceded could come back to haunt them when they travel to the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium next weekend.
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football, Malaysia Cup, JDT, Johor Darul Takzim, Kelantan, Jasazrin Jamaluddin, Norshahrul Idlan Tahala
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