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ATM dump Negeri Sembilan out; Selangor secure comfortable win; Kelantan and LionsXII get the required results to take their place in the semi-finals

Kelantan FA were trailing for most of the match, however they finally levelled in the dying minutes through a strike by Lebanese forward, Mohammed Ghaddar. The visitors, Felda, first took the lead just minutes before the break through a beautiful cross that was neatly finished by Mickael-Antoine Curier. Felda United’s Farderin Kadir added to the home's team misery by scoring the second goal right after the break. Just as it seemed like Kelantan would be heading out of the competition 2-3 on aggregate, Norfarhan Mohammad pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining.  The match looked to be heading to extra time, however Ghaddar was on hand to equalize and complete the Red Warriors comeback.

Selangor FA hosted Johor FC in Shah Alam after their 3-1 first-leg victory in Pasir Gudang. Subramaniam Veenod , the loanee from USM FC, scored his first goal for the Red Giants in the first half. However Brazilian defender, Fernando Augusto, equalized for the visitors with 25 minutes remaining to keep their slim hopes of progress alive. However  Johor hopes for a miraculous comeback were ended as Fitri Shazwan netted the winning goal for Selangor.

LionsXII bounced back from a 2-1 first-leg defeat to beat Pahang FA 2-0 in Jalan Besar Stadium. The Singapore national team captain and LionsXII captain, Shahril Ishak, scored a brace with one goal coming in each on each half to send the home team through.  Pahang were completely shut down as an attacking force in front of over 7,000 passionate home fans. LionsXII progressed to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

Defending champions Negeri Sembilan FA had their hopes of retaining the title shattered after another defeat to Premier League side, ATM FC. Already ahead 3-2 following the first leg, ATM were leading as early as the 5th minute following an Alif Shamsudin header.  Negri’s striker Zaquan Adha did equalise for the visitors before seasoned forward Marlon Alex James netted twice, once in each half, to finally seal the 6-3 aggregate victory for ATM.

The semi-final fixtures will be the Super League and FA Cup champions of 2012, Kelantan FA, taking on 32-time Malaysia Cup champions, Selangor FA; and 2012 Premier League champions, ATM FC, against the Super League runners-up, LionsXII.

 

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