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Negri Sembilan's Suhaimi Ibrahim (right) trying to beat Johor defender Azmi Deraman during their Razak Cup match which Johor won 3-2.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca and Negri Sembilan pipped Johor to the semi-finals on goal difference in Group A of Division One in the Razak Cup competition at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium.
In Group B, Perak edged Penang 5-4 on Wednesday to join Kuala Lumpur in the last four. KL had qualified on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Pahang.
KL qualified with nine points while Perak secured six points from two wins.
In the crossover semi-finals Friday, Perak will meet Malacca and KL will take on Negri Sembilan.
In Group A matches earlier, Johor beat Negri 3-2 with a last-minute goal while Malacca defeated sent defending champions Terengganu 4-2.
This saw Malacca, Negri and Johor tied on six points. Malacca topped the group with a +5 goal difference and Negri on +1. Johor had a -1 goal difference despite the gallant win over Negri.
In the first Group A match Wednesday, Negri took the lead in the 14th minute through Suhaimi Ibrahim before Johor equalised through Mohd Nor Haziq Abdul Ghaffar.
Negri went ahead again in the 50th minute through Shazrul Ekhar, and again Johor fought back to level the score at 2-2 through Mohd Azammi Adabi two minutes later.
Then, with just seconds to go, Mohd Fikri Bassar nailed the winner. But it was in vain.
In the other match, Malacca got their goals through Mohd Aminuddin Md Zin (17th, 42nd), Dedy Ariyadi (28th) and Ahmad Annuar Sham Kamar (49th) while Terengganu replied through Engku Abdul Malek (22nd) and Mohd Shahrun Nabil (31st).
In Division Two, Selangor checked into the final with a well-deserved 4-0 victory over Armed Forces.
Selangor now have an unassailable 11 points, with a match in hand against Sabah on Wednesday.
The fight for the other spot in the final will be between second-placed Forces (9pts) and third-placed Police (7pts).
Forces take on Perlis Thursday while Police face Kedah.
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hockey, Razak Cup, Negri Sembilan, Johor
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