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September 21, 2013 8:15 PM MYT
Stadium Sarawak — Kuching
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Sarawak 6-1 Perak: Crocs tear Seladangs apart on home turf

Robert Alberts men put on a scintillating performance as they destroyed Perak in what was a one-sided affair in Kuching

By Keeshaanan Sundaresan

Zamri Morshidi - PKNS - Sarawak
Borneo Post
Sarawak officially booked their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Malaysia Cup as they smashed in six goals against Perak to secure an impeccable 6-1 win. The Seladangs were visibly intimidated by the loud Sarawak faithful in the full-house stadium, although due credit must be given to the manner in which Sarawak performed as well.

The home side opened the first half in an explosive manner, as they raced to a two-goal lead within seven minutes of the game. Buoyed by a boisterous home support, they initially opened the scoring via an own goal.

Guy Bwele launched a throw into the box and Junior's subsequent flick was deflected off Nasir Basharuddin into the Perak goal. And just two minutes later, another lapse in concentration saw Bobby Gonzales find himself in a one-on-one situation, and the forward cooly slotted home to double their lead.

The Crocs' massive start visibly left Perak shell-shocked but they did well to regroup after that. Shahrulnizam Mustapha remained composed in the middle of the park, and the skipper was rallying his teammates along the way as well. But their first major chance only came on the 22-minute mark and they made the most out of it as Yong Kuong Yong pulled one back through a header.

By now, the Seladangs were beginning to get hold of the tempo, closing down on the Sarawak players at every opportunity. However midway through the game, Perak were dealt with another blow as skipper Shahrulnizam was stretchered out with an injury.

Joseph Kalang Tie then came very close to scoring, but his long range attempt missed the target by inches. Perak also had a similar attempt on the other side, with Nasir Basharuddin's piledriver sailing above the bar.

But on the 43rd minute mark, Sarawak finally restored their two-goal lead. An offensive foray by centre-back Rafael was intercepted by Bwele, who then played through a long ball for Muamer Salibasic. Perak's goalie stepped out of his line but fluffled his clearance, allowing Salibasic to slot into an open goal and send the Sarawak fans into raptures.

Azraai Khor was visibly frustrated at Rafael and immediately substituted him, and the Brazilian stormed into the dressing room as well. Nonetheless, the score remained in favour of Sarawak at half time.

After the break, Perak started brightly by flicking around several passes, but the absence of Shahrulnizam was visibly hurting them in midfield. But just when you thought they were slowly getting into it, Sarawak striked again, this time through Zamri Morshidi's flying header from the edge of the six-yard box.

It created a massive gap between both sides, and the Sarawak players were full of confidence. And three minutes later, it was five, with Muamer Salibasic firing home from close range to inflict even more misery on the Seladangs.

Now at this point of time, the game was pretty much done and dusted. The lack of intent was extremely obvious for Perak with Paulo Rangel in particular, growing more and more frustrated as the game proceeded.

But the Crocs kept pushing forward with confidence. Kalang Tie had several opportunities, though he fired them all wide, before Salibasic squandered possession despite being so close on goal. Nonetheless, the flamboyant striker redeemed himself by further increasing Sarawak's lead with a good finish at the 73rd minute mark.

The pace of the game began slowing down, and the final 10 minutes was a boring affair as both sides practically shut each other down. There were several half chances here and there, but the score line ultimately remained as Sarawak secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a monumental 6-1 win at home.

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Matías Conti Matías Conti
7 1
Marlon Alex James Marlon Alex James
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Badhri Radzi Badhri Radzi
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Alen Guć Alen Guć
3 1
Nor Farhan Muhammad Nor Farhan Muhammad
3 0