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Pahang vs Kedah ratings: Sumareh winner knocks defending champions out of FA Cup

A Mohamadou Sumareh diving header sent Pahang into the FA Cup quarter-final at the expense of defending champions Kedah. Vijhay Vick rates the players…

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Despite things threatening to go wrong when Francis Forkey Doe was forced off after eight minute, Dollah Salleh’s charges progressed after a clinical finish from Sumareh.

Sumareh forced Ariff Farhan Isa into a foul just before the break and the Gambian found the back of the net from the resulting free-kick after Patrick Cruz’ initial headed effort struck the crossbar.

Kedah, who needed a late extra time goal to get past Malaysia Super League’s (MSL) bottom club Negeri Sembilan in the previous round, have now lost four of their seven matches this season.

PAHANG

HELMI ELIZA ELIAS: 7.5

A fingertip save to avoid a deflected own goal in the 73rd minute was his best and most important stop all night.

The experienced custodian never looked to be in trouble as he handled well and distributed with intent, so much so that one pick-out almost led to a goal.

MATTHEW DAVIES: 7.5

Davies had a tough first half as Akhyar Rashid never gave him a chance to take a breath. The Elephants captain got carded after 20 minutes, forcing him to be in his best behaviour for the rest of the night.

Davies’ experience, however, prevailed when it mattered most.

AFIF AMIRUDDIN: 7

Afif put in the tackles and committed some fouls, but Dollah Salleh will be happy he got the job done and ensured Pahang were not going to be beaten in the air.

MUSLIM AHMAD: 8.5

The former Malaysia centre-back had an excellent evening and never got beaten at the back.

Even Akhyar couldn’t get past Muslim as the defender read things well. He rushed out to thwart Kedah’s moves from the middle and kept Pallares in his pocket.

FAISAL ROSLI: 7

The left-back had a bright start as he burst forward a lot. He clocked a lot of miles during the match and gave Baddrol Bakthiar no space to venture forward.

Farhan Roslan found things tough too against Faisal.

SAFUWAN BAHARUDIN: 8

The Singapore international sat deeper and stifled Kedah’s midfield. He got Pahang out of some tight challenges and won aerial challenges – including one in the opponent’s box to set up Doe.

NOR AZAM AZIH: 7.5

The Malaysia Under-22 star was combative in the middle but he was also closed down to some extent and couldn’t ventured forward much through the middle.

He was relentless in stopping Liridon Krasniqi in his tracks.

MOHAMADOU SUMAREH: 8.5

Pahang’s livewire started on the left and kept Rizal Ghazali on the back foot plenty of times but he wasn’t getting past the full-back with much success and switched to the right side.

There he gave Ariff Farhan Isa problems and drew a foul that lead to his goal.

WAN ZAHARULNIZAM ZAKARIA: 6.5

The winger put in a strong shift but he had a relatively lukewarm showing and didn’t make much of an impact before making way for Faisal Abdul Halim.

PATRICK CRUZ: 7.5

Cruz battled up front with Silva and it was interesting to watch. He got the better of Silva in the air when Pahang scored the opening goal.

He also had penalty claims turned down after being clipped by Silva in the box.

FORKEY DOE: NA

The Liberian dropped into a No.10 role and threatened to break free of the defence early on. He was brought down by Ifwat in an attempt after eight minutes and it proved to be his last involvement.

SUBSTITUTES:

NORSHAHRUL IDLAN TALAHA: 6.5

Norshahrul was relatively quiet in the first half but he got involved more in the second half.

He never looked short of trying and even turned to the Pahang fans to pump them up during the match, His passes through the middle were good when the odd opportunity presented itself but  there were occasions where Norshahrul may have held on the ball for too long.

FAISAL ABDUL HALIM: 6.5

Kedah found it hard to keep Faisal at bay and if it wasn’t for his own poor final touch, Faisal could have scored Pahang’s second or contributed to one after wasting a shot.

R. DINESH: N.A

He showed some pace to pressure Kedah and keep the ball on the right flank after coming on during stoppage time.