SOUTHERN TIGERS ROAR INTO MALAYSIA CUP QUARTER-FINALS

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PETALING JAYA, Nov 2 – Safawi Rasid muffed a late penalty but Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) were still good enough to beat Sabah 3-0 in a Group D Malaysia Cup match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru on Tuesday.
With the win the defending champions booked their place in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals with 12 points from four matches while second-placed Petaling Jaya City FC remained second in the group with five points after a scoreless draw against Kelantan FC in Kota Bharu.
The stalemate at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium left Petaling Jaya City, Kelantan FC and Sabah FC still in fight for the second spot with two more matches remaining.
Brazilian Bergson Da Silva hit a brace for the Southern Tigers on a cold and chilly night with goals in the 34th (penalty) and a header deep into injury time after international Safawi missed from the spot.
Argentine Leandro Velazquez opened scoring for the Southern Tigers as early as the sixth minute after being set up by Bergson.
Sabah escaped with a 3-0 defeat – thanks to some fine saves by goalkeeper Rozaime Rahim.
The East Malaysian outfit had some scoring opportunities but Amri Yahyah and company muffed them.
JDT’s win comes in the wake of a 2-0 win over Sabah at the Likas Stadium last week. Petaling Jaya FC who beat Kelantan 3-1 at the Petaling Jaya Stadium last week paid dearly for their poor finishing in Kota Bharu.

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