Pahang through to semis after late fightback at PDRM

Pahang came from behind to beat PDRM 2-1 on Saturday evening to advance from the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

With the tie evenly poised after last week’s 1-1 draw in the first leg, it was the Cops who drew first blood at the Shah Alam Stadium when Fauzi Abdul Majid nodded home a freekick by Ali Ashfaq.

However, Pahang pulled level in the 77th minute when Zesh Rehman was left unmarked inside the box and met Azamuddin Akil’s dangerous corner with a glancing header into the back of the net from five yards out.

The visitors were however dealt a blow six minutes from time when Damion Stewart was sent off, after the Jamaica international was shown a second yellow for cynically tugging back Ashfaq.

And with time running out, their best bet looked like holding out for extra-time and penalties, given PDRM needed no invitation to push forward and seek to capitalise on their numerical advantage, especially considering the firepower they had up front.

But in the first minute of injury-time, it was Tok Gajah who went on to claim the victory when substitute Fauzi Roslan made a terrific run into the box and latched onto Faizol Hussein’s incisive through-pass, before lashing his shot past Azizon Abdul Kadir into the bottom corner.

The win means Pahang’s hopes of retaining the Malaysia Cup remain alive as they join FELDA United and Kedah in the last four, with the one remaining slot to be decided in the last quarter-final between Johor Darul Ta’zim and Terengganu.

PDRM: Azizon Abdul Kadir, V. Thirumurugan, Rafael, Muslim Ahmad, Fadhil Hashim, Afif Amiruddin, Fauzi Abdul Majid (Sabre Mat Abu), Ahmad Ezrie Shafizie, Mohamadou Sumareh (Charles Souza Chad), Bobby Gonzales, Ali Ashfaq.

Pahang: Khairul Azhan Khalid, Razman Roslan, Damion Stewart, Zesh Rehman, Saifulnizam Miswan, Azidan Sairudin, Faizol Hussein (Shahrizan Salleh), Hafiz Kamal (Fauzi Roslan), Azamuddin Akil, R. Gopinathan, Dickson Nwakaeme.

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