Bankers wary of minnows K. Lumpur


PETALING JAYA: Public Bank will be wary of unpredictable Kuala Lumpur, who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in last week's opening round matches of the Malaysia Cup competition. 

The City boys with barely any notable names staged a major surprise in Group C when they fought back from three goals down to score a shocking 5-3 win over Super League side Sarawak in Kuching. 

Public Bank's striker Milan Strelec from Slovakia said the City side performed an extraordinary feat and his team have to be cautious against them when they meet at the KL Football Stadium in Cheras tonight. 

“It is a remarkable story. They were down by three goals against a stronger side and to bounce back and win is just dramatic,'' said Strelec, who commended the spirited KL side for their never-say-die attitude at their opponents' backyard. 

“Sarawak is a good team, too. But I am surprised that their defence caved in and conceded four goals in the second half. This KL side must have something special,'' said Strelec 

The toast for the KL side was their Brazilian striker Marcelo Rocha, who buried the Crocs by scoring four goals in the second half. 

Sarawak got off to a flying start with goals from Robert Eshun (15th), Fernando Manuel Co (38th) and Abang Zafari (40th) to open up a comfortable three-goal lead before Luis Veira reduced the deficit for the visitors for the half-time score to stand at 3-1. 

After the breather, Rocha, the second highest goal scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, turned on his magic to net four goals in the 64th, 70th, 80th and 82nd minutes. 

Public Bank last played KL in Premier II last season. Then, they won both matches 3-0 away and 4-2 at home. Strelec, who was the top goal getter for the bankers then with 31 goals last season, scored twice at the KLFA Stadium. 

Meanwhile, Public Bank, who pulled off a lacklustre 1-0 win over Selangor in their opening game, are expected to miss their influential playmaker Ivan Ziga, who is still nursing a knee injury. 

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