JDT collapse, defending champs Selangor win Klang Valley derby

Hours after announcing his retirement from international football, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) captain Safiq Rahim’s fatal mistake helped PKNS come from behind at Larkin Stadium on Tuesday. 

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) threw away a two-goal lead after mistakes by Malaysian skipper Safiq Rahim and handball by a Amirul Hadi Zainal allowed PKNS to snatch a draw in the Malaysia Cup group C opener at Larkin Stadium.

Safiq, who followed teammate Aidil Zafuan in abruptly announcing his retirement from international football hours earlier, did not start against the Red Ants but came on in the second half, only to misplace a pass that led to Gabriel Guerra’s strike in the 81st minute.

Eight minutes later Amirul handled the ball in the box and Juan Manuel Cobelli converted from the spot, cancelling Safee Sali and Juan Martin Lucero’s two-goal blitz in the opening 11 minutes of the second half.

The other Group C clash, between Perak and PDRM, takes place tomorrow.

Defending champions Selangor, meanwhile, recorded a 1-0 win over Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side Kuala Lumpur in a match that attracted a poor turnout in Shah Alam despite being labelled the return of the Klang Valley derby.

Zainal Abidin’s gamble in introducing 20-year-old Adam Nor for Malaysian international Ahmad Hazwan Bakri in the 86th minute paid off after the youngster buried home the winner just two minutes later.

Adam Nor was an inspired substitution. Photo: Selangor

The Red Giants welcome Kelantan next on July 20. The 2012 winners defeated Pahang 1-0 in the other Group B match.

In Group B, Malaysia Super League (MSL) title hopefuls Felda United defeated second-tier side Negri Sembilan 3-1 after Christie Jayaseelan opened the scoring in the first half and league joint-top scorer Francis Forkey Doe netted a brace in the second half.

MPL leaders Malacca piled more misery on top flight side Terengganu with a 2-1 win in the other Group B match while JDT II came from behind to hold T-Team 2-2 away from home in Group A’s only match of the night.