Kedah's Namkung Woong dribbles past two Terengganu players in their Malaysia Cup group match at the Sultan Ismail Nasirudddin Shah stadium in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday. The match ended 2-2.
KUALA TERENGGANU: On a day when none of the teams managed to book their places in the quarter-finals, Terengganu and Kedah played out an exciting end-to-end stuff at the Sultan Ismail Stadium to share points in their Malaysia Cup Group B match.
In the 2-2 draw, the Turtles went ahead through Ashaari Shamsudin in the 35th minute before Kedah’s Baddrol Bakhtiar equalised a minute before the break.
Kedah then went ahead in the 68th minute through Namkung Woong but the hosts salvaged a point through Ismail Faruqi’s 79th-minute goal.
The other Group B match between Sarawak and Perak at the State Stadium in Kuching ended in a 1-1 draw – a result which saw Sarawak being knocked out of the competition.
Sarawak went ahead through a Mohd Hairol Mokhtar strike in the 61st minute but the Seladang equalised through Brazilian striker Marco Tulio in the 77th minute.
The quarter-finalists from Group B will be decided in the final group fixtures on Wednesday.
Perak remain top of the group with a better goal difference ahead of Terengganu although both teams are tied on eight points. Kedah are third with seven points and still have a chance to qualify for the last eight. Fourth-placed Sarawak have four points.
The race for the remaining quarter-final slot in Group D is still wide open after Selangor were held to a 1-1 by already-qualified Police at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi while Sime Darby beat T-Team 2-1 at the Selayang Stadium.
Selangor’s Indonesian winger Andik Vermansyah scored in the 13th minute but Police broke the Red Giants’ hearts when Mohd Alafi Mahmud equalised in the 84th minute.
Meanwhile, Sime Darby stayed in contention for the last eight with goals by Croatian hitman Mateo Roskam (15th) and midfielder Dzulfahmi Abdul Hadi (28th).
The Titans tried to claw back into the game with Jimmy Mulisa’s 49th-minute strike but it was not to be.
Police top Group D with 13 points, leaving Selangor and Sime Darby to fight for the remaining spot. Selangor are second with seven points, Sime Darby are third with six points and basement side T-Team have three points.