PETALING JAYA: Defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have booked a spot in the Malaysia Cup final after beating Terengganu 3-0 in the second-leg semi-final at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri on Friday (Nov 26).
They advanced to their second consecutive final thanks to a 4-1 aggregate win.
JDT won the title in 2019 by beating Kedah 3-0. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first 15 minutes of the game proved to be a real entertainer as the Southern Tigers scored three goals and even saw a red card.
Brazilian striker Bergson Da Silva was truly sensational with two goals in the seventh and 15th minute, while Argentinian-Iraqi winger Gonzalo Cabrera scored the second in the 11th minute.
Right after Bergson’s second goal, veteran midfielder Safiq Rahim was sent off by match referee Mohd Nazmi Nasaruddin after he headbutted Terengganu’s winger Faisal Halim in an off-the-ball incident.
The Turtles couldn't capitalise on the ten-men advantage as JDT held on to their lead and will look forward to the final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Nov 30.
Meanwhile, the other second-leg semi-final between Melaka and Kuala Lumpur only started at 10pm due to a blackout and floodlight issues at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.