The 2015 Malaysia Cup winners Selangor overcame a second-half scare as Argentine Mauro Olivi scored a late winner in the quarter-final first-leg in Shah Alam.
The win, considered an away tie for the Red Giants as they share the same stadium as PKNS, gives caretaker coach P. Gunalan – who could return to assistant duties in the return leg should the management install a permanent coach – comfort that Selangor are in the driving seat to reach the last-four.
PKNS must win by at least two goals or prevail in a higher scoring match to progress due to the away goal rule.
Selangor raced to a two-goal lead in the opening 25 minutes with goals from Ugo Ukah and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, but Juan Manuel Cobelli reduced the deficit in the 29th minute.
Speedy winger R. Gopinathan, who on Thursday was omitted from the national squad, restored Selangor’s two-goal lead seven minutes after the break but the Red Ants refused to surrender. This time Cobelli’s compatriots Gonzalo Soto and Gabriel Guerra struck to ensure a nail-biting final 20 minutes.
Olivi collected a long-ball by custodian Khairul Azhan Khalid, cut in from the right side of the box and fired home the winner in the 85th minute.
PDRM defender K. Reuben received his second yellow in the 61st minute, forcing the Cops to park the bus
Velizar Popov’s men cancelled out Safuwan Baharuddin’s early goal through veteran Indra Putra Mahayuddin in the 15th minute but had no answer to Guilherme De Paula’s 23rd-minute winner despite playing the final third of the match with an extra man.
PDRM defender K. Reuben received his second yellow in the 61st minute, forcing the Cops to park the bus in the remainder of the match. De Paula was also sent off in the final minutes of the match.
The return leg only takes place on September 17 due to the international break and league fixtures.
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