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Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 11:08:00 PM
Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 11:10:05 PM
by eric samuel AND k. rajan
Obinna Nwaneri (centre) celebrates with Kelantan team-mates after scoring his goal. Kelantan thrashed Johor Darul Takzim 6-1 to make it to the Malaysia Cup semi-finals on an aggregate of 8-5.
KOTA BARU: Defending champions Kelantan and Sarawak made full use of their homeground advantage to seal their tickets in the Malaysia Cup semi-finals.
In Saturday night’s quarter-final, second-leg matches, Kelantan whipped Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) 6-1 at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium while Sarawak beat Sime Darby FC 3-1 at the Sarawak Stadium in Kuching.
Goals from Mohd Norfarhan Mohd (19th, 61st), Mohd Badhri Radzi (31st), Obinna Nwaneri (43rd), Dickson Nwakaeme (46th) and Indra Putra Mahayuddin (89th) enabled Kelantan to advance 8-5 on aggregate.
Striker Safee Sali scored a consolation goal for JDT in the 42nd minute.
Kelantan, who lost the first leg 4-2 in Johor Baru last week, were in the mood for revenge and went straight for the jugular right from the first whistle.
JDT struggled without first choice goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Hafiz Hamzah, who left the team a few hours before kick-off after his son Muhammad Adam Farish died of lung complications.
The match also saw tempers flare between both sets of players, forcing referee Suhaizi Sukri to flash the yellow card.
Over in Kuching, hitman Muamer Salibasic gave the Crocs the extra bite with a hat-trick in their dramatic come-from-behind 3-1 win over Sime Darby FC.
The East Malaysians, who could only manage a goalless draw in the first leg of the quarter-finals at the Selayang Stadium last week, can thank the Bosnia Herzegovina forward for his strikes in the 27th, 55th and 85th minutes.
Sime Darby had earlier gone ahead through Azrul Ibrahim in the fourth minute.
In the semi-finals, Kelantan will take on Armed Forces while Sarawak will face Pahang.
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football, Malaysia Cup, Kelantan, Johor Darul Takzim, Sarawak, Sime Darby FC
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