Malaysia Cup Recap: LionsXII spoil Rangel's return while Penang run riot

On a weekend when three different matches were postponed, Paulo Rangel's brace was not enough to save Terengganu on his long-awaited return, while Penang stunned Malaysia Cup holders Pahang with a thumping win.

Group A

At the Jalan Besar Stadium, LionsXII came from behind to beat Terengganu 3-2.

The away side were finally able to field star striker Rangel after his three-month suspension and the Brazilian found his stride immediately with a brace in the first half, scoring in the fourth and 44th minutes.

However, Fandi Ahmad’s men showed great inner strength to recover twice through Sahil Suhaimi in the 35th minute and Safuwan Baharudin in the 54th.

Safuwan would later match Rangel’s contribution by completing his own brace in the 88th minute to secure all three points for the LionsXII, who remain unbeaten at home this season.

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II's match against Kedah was postponed to September 29 due to the haze.

Group B

Perak FA fans were treated to a dismal performance as the Bos Gaurus lost 2-0 to ATM. Perak were hopeful that the win over Sarawak last time out would spur the team on but the defeat condemned the home side to the bottom of Group B.

Jerry Palacios opened the scoring in the 39th minute before Venice Elphi added the icing on the cake in injury time to push ATM up to second spot in the group.

The other match between Sarawak and JDT was postponed to October 24 to allow JDT time to prepare for their AFC Cup semi-final.

Group C

In the only group that had two matches played, T-Team’s 3-1 win over Kelantan made Group C the tightest in the competition, with all four teams separated by only two points.

The Premier League side blitzed their Super League counterpart with a cracking first half as Zulhanizam Shafine (14th and 20th minutes) and Tomislav Busic (31st minute) put the home team in a formidable position.

The Red Warriors could only manage a consolation goal through Gilmar Da Silva at the death.

Selangor and Felda United played out a scoreless draw at Shah Alam Stadium in the group’s other match.

Group D

The result of the weekend no doubt belonged to Penang as they pummelled Pahang 4-1. Failee Ghazli was the toast of the Premier League side with a goal on either side of half-time.

Dickson Nwakaeme contributed to a brief fight back from the Pahang side with an equaliser in the 41st minute but in truth, the Elephants struggled to find a foothold during the match.

Azinee Taib (81st minute) and Beto Goncalves (83rd minute) scored late on to give the result a well-deserved gloss which reflected the home side's dominance.

The other match between PDRM and PKNS was postponed to September 28 due to a clash of stadiums with the Selangor – Felda match.