EXCITING: Other teams still need to fight for placing
IT turned out to be a day of unexpected results in the Malaysia Cup yesterday with Premier League champions Armed Forces becoming the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The star-studded Forces side defeated Terengganu 2-0 courtesy of goals from Marlon Alex James (73rd minute) and Sebastian Martelotto (87th). They lead Group B with 10 points.
Second-placed Kelantan failed to confirm their last eight spot after a 0-0 draw with Kedah in Alor Star.
Kelantan, with eight points, however, need only a draw against Terengganu on Saturday to make the quarter-finals, regardless whether Kedah beat Forces in the other match.
PKNS recorded the biggest upset of the day when they edged Singapore's LionsXII 1-0 in a Group A match in Kelana Jaya.
Helmi Loussaief's thunderous strike inside the box one minute into stoppage time helped PKNS re-ignite their hopes of quarter-final qualification.
Lions coach V. Sundramoorthy admitted his team were playing for a draw.
"I am disappointed as my players made too many mistakes. We need to regroup and prepare for our crucial home match on Saturday," he said at the MBPJ Stadium.
Lions and Johor FC, who were stunned 3-0 by Premier League side Johor 3-0, have each collected eight points and need only a draw when they face other on Saturday to qualify.
In Group C, Negri Sembilan bounced back from a poor start to earn a 1-1 draw with FA Cup finalists Sime Darby in Selayang.
Negri lead the group with nine points and only need to avoid defeat on Saturday to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Sime Darby scored in the ninth minute when Patrick Wleh fired low and hard past Negri goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.
Shahurain Abu Samah replied for Negri in the 62nd minute.
Felda United, who drew 2-2 with Perak yesterday, and Sime Darby are leveled on six points.
It was goal galore in Group D as Selangor and Sarawak notched impressive victories.
Amri Yahyah scored a brace in his first start for Selangor in the tournament in their 4-1 win over Pahang in Kuantan.
He opened accounts in the 14th minute before scoring Selangor's third after 51 minutes,
Bosko Balaban (34th) and on-loan striker Rozaimi Abd Rahman (55th) completed the rout.
Pahang replied from the spot through Hafiz Kamal in the 74th minute.
Sarawak, meanwhile, bounced back from previous poor results by thrashing T-Team 6-1 in Kuching.
Except for T-Team, the others have a chance of making the last eight.