Selangor 2 Kedah 0: Hazwan brace hands Selangor record 33rd cup
An efficient outing saw Selangor defeat Kedah 2-0 at Shah Alam Stadium to win their first Malaysia Cup since 2005.
Kedah, despite boasting the services of tournament joint-top scorer Sandro da Silva Mendonca, simply failed to showcase their attacking prowess as Selangor's back four provided the platform for the Red Giants first success in a decade.
It was the first time Kedah have failed to score in this year's Malaysia Cup, allowing Mehmet Durakovic's outfit to get their revenge for the 2008 final, where Kedah prevailed 3-2
Selangor took the lead barely five minutes into the match when a counter-attack saw Guilherme de Paula lead a three-on-two charge, with Andik Vermansyah and Hazwan bursting down the flanks.
The Brazilian then teed up Hazwan, who's first touch sent him clear of the last defender before a chip over Kedah custodian Firdaus Muhamad put Selangor into an early lead.
Players flew into tackles and tensions rose as a match which saw Hazwan, teammate Azrif Nasrulhaq and Kedah left-back Shafizan Hashim all booked wore on.
Despite the scrappiness of play at times, Guilherme managed to play Hazwan through on goal as Selangor doubled their lead in the 48th minute, with the 24-year-old striking a low show shot past Firdaus for his second of the night.
Mendonca, who had a rather quiet night, had a glorious chance to get Kedah back in the game when he went through on goal in the 68th minute, but Norazlan Razali was quick off his goal-line to close down the Brazilian.
Kedah's night went from bad to worse when Firdaus saw red in the 83rd minute for handling the ball outside the box in an attempt to prevent Selangor's S. Veenod from adding a third from a counter-attack.
There was, however, little Tan Cheng Hoe's men could do to prevent Selangor waltzing to a record 33rd cup success, as the Red Giants broke out into wild celebrations after the final whistle went.
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