KUALA LUMPUR: One coach was jumping for joy while the other was forlorn.
Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic was grinning from ear to ear after they came back twice to edge Selangor 3-2 at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, his counterpart B. Sathianathan rued their bad luck as a number of the Red Giants’ players were on the crocked list.
The visitors took the lead through Taylor Regan in 29th minute before Careca equalised in the 42nd. Three minutes later, Selangor regained the lead through Endrick Dos Santos.
Perak put them on level terms off a Leandro Dos Santos penalty in the 48th minute.
Careca then bagged his brace and the winner in the 62nd minute.
Durakovic was full of praise for his fighters.
“I’m very, very happy with my players as we don’t have a big squad. Selangor are a good side with top local and foreign players and they also have a good set-up of coaches.
“The two goals we conceded were due to our mistakes but to come back in the second half and win the game was not easy.
“Credit to my players for their fighting spirit to collect full points,” said Mehmet.
“I want the boys to enjoy the win with their families.”
The Seladang have a day’s rest before heading north to play against their FA Cup final opponents Kedah on Saturday.
Sathianathan was annoyed that despite dominating the match they failed to hang on to their lead.
“Perak’s penalty kick hit the post and none of my players reacted to clear the ball. They all just gave up and this is what I don’t like,” said Sathianathan.
“We have limited players now as most are injured and it will be a challenge to form a decent team for our last two matches.
“I will seek divine help to make sure my players can recover fast.”
Their next match will be against Petaling Jaya City on Saturday and will wrap up their fixtures against PKNS on July 20.
Perak now have 30 points, moving up one rung to sixth in the 12-team standings while Selangor remain fifth on 31 points.