Sarawak's Junior Eldstal dribbles past two Selangor players during their FA Cup second-round match at the MBPJ Stadium on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014. Sarawak nicked a 1-0 victory. — Bernama photo
PETALING JAYA: Five-time champions Selangor crashed out of the FA Cup competition following their narrow 1-0 defeat to a 10-man Sarawak team in the second-round match at the MBPJ Stadium.
The Red Giants who have gone without a silverware for three seasons paid a heavy price for a defensive lapse in the box, which saw Sarawak winger Zamri Morshidi nodding the winner in the 32nd minute.
The entire Selangor defence were caught flat-footed from a long throw-in by Sarawak skipper Ronny Harun, which sailed into the box before Zamri pounced from close range to score past a helpless national custodian Mohd Farizal Marlias.
The match played under the scorching sun took the toll on the players although Selangor tried to claw back into the game after the East Malaysian side were reduced to 10 men after goalkeeper Sani Anuar Kamsani was sent off for bringing down Fitri Shazwan Raduwan outside of the box in the 61st minute.
However, the Red Giants failed to use their advantage and were dumped out of the competition with Sarawak holding a tight fort until the final whistle.
Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic said he was disappointed with his defenders for conceding a goal from a set-piece.
“I had warned them before the match not to concede goals from set-pieces. But they lost concentration and we paid the price, making an early exit from the competition,” said Durakovic.
He said the team tried to come back in the second-half by raising the tempo of the game but forwards Paulo Rangel and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri failed to convert chances.
Sarawak coach Robert Alberts said he was happy with the result but not their performance.
“I’m not happy with the game but getting a win over Selangor with 10 men is a good result for us,” said a jubilant Alberts.
“I was not worried when we got our goalkeeper sent off. You have to live with it in football and I’m glad that we managed to win the match.”
Meanwhile, in the Selayang Stadium, Premier League side Felda United edged Super League outfit Sime Darby 1-0 to make it to the final eight.
Zah Rahan Krangar hit a low volley off a corner kick in the 84th minute for the win.
Felda will take on Sarawak in the two-legged quarter-finals on March 11 and 18.