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Kelantan drop into MSL relegation zone after Sarawak stun Kedah

Kelantan's fruitless night in Kota Bahru, coupled with Sarawak’s come-from-behind 4-2 win against fancied Kedah, meant the teams swapped places in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) relegation battle after the penultimate round.

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Kelantan looked second best except for a short spell in the second half as they drew 0-0 with PKNS at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium on Wednesday.

The Red Warriors are now in 11th place with just one match remaining, but they do have their fate in their own hands as fellow relegation battlers Sarawak and T-Team, who are in 10th and ninth respectively, face each other in the season finale on October 28.

Sarawak, without a home win for nine games since the start of the season, gave themselves a huge lift with a second straight win

Zahasmi Ismail’s Kelantan side visits Melaka United in its remaining match. Kelantan have not won since May, losing six of their past eight league matches.

T-Team have 22 points followed by Sarawak (20) and Kelantan (19). Penang are bottom with 12 points and have already been relegated.

Sarawak, who had gone without a home win for nine games since the start of the season, gave themselves a huge lift with a second straight win in Kuching, but they had to do it the hard way after Ken Ilso and Baddrol Bakhtiar put Kedah two goals up in the first half.

Nor Shamie Iszuan pulled one back in the 54th minute before a brace by Mateo Roskam turned the tie around. Hairol Mokhtar scored the fourth goal in the 77th minute to ensure a 4-2 win.

Melaka's late-season form has been impressive

Sarawak's home form is timely as T-Team, who lost to a 79th minute Matteus Alves goal at home to Pahang, visit next.

The Titans, however, need just one point to survive while Sarawak need three points should Kelantan defeat Melaka.

Pahang will secure second spot in the MSL if the Fighters fail to collect maximum points

In other matches, eighth-placed Melaka – who have ensured their survival despite a tumultuous season at times – defeated Selangor 2-1 at Hang Jebat Stadium, while Perak edged Penang 1-0 in Ipoh.

Felda United are still to host champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at Shah Alam Stadium later on Thursday.

Pahang will secure second spot in the MSL, and potentially an AFC Cup spot should the Southern Tigers clear AFC Champions League qualifying, if the Fighters fail to collect maximum points.

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