Selangor are through to the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup after recording a 1-0 triumph over T-Team to finish second in Group D.
The Red Giants entered Wednesday’s clash at the Shah Alam Stadium needing a win to guarantee their place in the last eight, although their cause was helped by the fact that T-Team had little to play for having already been eliminated at the weekend.
And although they lacked a cutting edge in front of goal for much of the game, Selangor ultimately got the job done after Paulo Rangel struck in the 26th minute to hand them a slender victory.
In the end, defeat would also have proved to be enough after third-placed Sime Darby fell to a 3-1 defeat to group winners PDRM at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.
Things were initially looking good for Sime Darby as they took the lead after seven minutes through a Mateo Roskam penalty, only for Ali Ashfaq to equalise for the hosts in the 23rd minute.
PDRM then hit the front nine minutes from time when Charles Souza Chad found the back of the net, before Bobby Gonzales wrapped things up by adding a third in the 90th minute.
Over in Group B, Kedah completed a stunning revival to finish top after beating Perak 2-0 at the Darul Aman Stadium.
Hijau-Kuning faced an uphill task to qualify for the quarters after losing their first two games, but two wins and a draw in their next three encounters kept alive their hopes ahead of Wednesday’s final round of group-stage matches.
And following a goalless first half, they broke the deadlock when Billy Mehmet netted in the 71st minute, before Baddrol Bakhtiar added another to make sure of the win.
Kedah will be joined in the last eight from their group by Terengganu, whose 0-0 draw with Sarawak at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium proved enough for a top-two finish.
Wednesday’s Malaysia Cup Results
Kedah 2-0 Perak
Terengganu 0-0 Sarawak
PDRM 3-1 Sime Darby
Selangor 1-0 T-Team