Winners & Losers: Bloodied Marquez the hero after JDT qualify for Malaysia Cup quarterfinals
The Malaysia Cup group stage reached its conclusion over the weekend as eight teams marched into the quarter-finals and confirm their opponents in the knockout rounds.
There was high drama in Group C where most of the action happened, and FourFourTwo Malaysia discovers those who made a difference for the right and wrong reasons.
The Argentina forward was a hardworking figure against MIFA, as he tried to fashion a goal against the stubborn opponents to give his side the lead. Marquez’s efforts was a crushing elbow to the eyes and nose by MIFA goalkeeper Muhaimin Mohamad as they battled for the ball.
But despite being bloodied, Marquez insisted he was fine and even wanted to play on. It clearly wasn’t the case and the forward was rushed to the hospital from Shah Alam Stadium.
The Johor Darul Ta’zim players and head coach Luciano Figueroa later dedicated the 3-0 win to Marquez. Gonzalo Cabrera and a brace from Safawi Rasid gave the Southern Tigers the win.
It was the least Marquez deserved for the valiant effort he put out on the pitch.
The Red Warriors never looked like making it out of the Malaysia Cup. They had, after all, only scored one goal in the competition prior to the Kedah FA showdown. But against all odds, Kelantan now find themselves in the last eight, after putting on a sensational showing to beat Kedah.
Helped by Johor Darul Ta’zim big win over MIFA, Kelantan squeezed through on goal difference. It was fine margins really. Kelantan, Kedah and MIFA all finished with eight points.
But, thanks to a zero goal difference, Yusri Che Lah has the proud task of galvanising his men for a two-legged showdown against Sabah FA.
It was the least Kelantan deserved, after a thoroughly turbulent season.