Malaysia Cup: Semis stalemate but JDT and Kedah hold slender advantages

 Perak and Felda United defied the odds to hold Kedah and Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) respectively in Malaysia Cup semi-final first leg ties on Sunday, ensuring mouth-watering return legs on October 21.

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Defending champions Kedah were on their way to a 1-0 win against Felda United at Jengka, but Hadin Azman's 88th minute strike ensured the Fighters lived to battle another day.

The Red Eagles had taken the lead through Sandro Da Silva's 62nd minute penalty at Hang Jebat Stadium.

Surprise JDT starter Mohamad Hasbullah scored own goal in the 19th minute, poking the ball past Izham Tarmizi Roslan

In Ipoh, surprise JDT starter Mohamad Hasbullah scored an own goal in the 19th minute, poking the ball past Izham Tarmizi Roslan, putting Perak ahead going into the break.

JDT, who are searching their first Malaysia Cup trophy, controlled play but were unable to make the breakthrough until Mohamad Ghaddar sneaked one in the 68th minute.

JDT and Perak both had chances to seal the game but the tie remained 1-1, as the game remains in the balance ahead of the second leg fixture at the Larkin Stadium this coming Saturday.

JDT and Kedah's away goals will give them the advantage, but the underdogs Felda and Perak will fancy their chances of an upset.