Selangor defy critics to dump defending champions

  • Football
  • Tuesday, 01 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: The critics will be eating their words now that Selangor have made it to the Malaysia Cup semi-finals.

After going down 1-0 to Perak in the quarter-final first-leg clash at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Sept 22, many predicted that B. Sathianathan’s side would not stand a chance in the return leg.

However, the wily coach made a promise to the fans that he will take the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions to the last four.

True to his word, the Red Giants advanced in style when they booted out the defending champions 3-1 on Sunday.

Syazwan Zainon opened accounts in the 22nd minute and another winger, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri, scored twice (45th, 67th). Brendan Gan scored for the visitors (83rd).

Selangor, who qualified on a 3-2 aggregate, will have to overcome another tough hurdle as they are drawn against Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the two-legged semis.

JDT booked their spot when they beat Terengganu 5-1 on aggregate.

“We didn’t pay notice with the media reports that said we are going to bungkus (sent packing).

“They (Perak) are bungkus,” said Sathianathan.

“If they know what they are writing about, then they should realise that the first leg 1-0 loss is nothing.

“My boys showed great character in proving them wrong by bouncing back in style.

“Perak are a strong team and gave a good fight but we prepared well for this game. In Ipoh, I told the press that my boys will be pumped up and will rise to the occasion in front of the Shah Alam crowd.

“As you saw, we not only scored three goals, we are very much in the competition.”

Khyril, a mid-season signing, showed glimpses of his old self as he constantly probed from the flanks and showed excellent predatory skills with his goals.

Sathianathan said he was not at all surprised with the former Kedah player’s performance.

“I knew him since he was 18. Over the years, he’s been hit with injuries and his game took a dive. At one stage, he was even playing in the FAM League but I know what he is capable of.

Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic wasn’t too happy with the referee as he felt there were too many stoppages which affected his players’ rhythm.

“You saw the game, what do you want me to say? It’s too late, we’re out. I would like to wish Selangor good luck.”

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