BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Two remaining round 5 Malaysia Cup group matches were played on Wednesday, although neither of the two resulted in changes to the list of teams that have qualified for the quarter-finals stage.
Melaka United are on course for the quarter-final stage for the first time in 10 years, after they took the second spot in Group C by defeating Kelantan 3-2 in Kota Bharu. The visitors cruised to a comfortable lead when Jeon Woo Young scored a brace (5', 30'), and Marko Simic added their third in the 33rd minute. The hosts attempted a comeback through Khairul Izuan Rosli's 51st minute and Mamadou Danso's 86th minute goals, but could not find the equaliser.
Kelantan vs Melaka United match highlights
The Mousedeers are now on nine points in second place, while the Red Warriors are third with six. In the final matchday, Melaka will play away to bottom-placed UiTM who can no longer qualify, while Kelantan will travel to Kedah to take on the group leaders, now on 12 points.
In Selayang, 33-time champions Selangor, who have already secured qualification in the previous round, fell to their first defeat in the campaign, losing 2-1 to Sarawak. Defender Ugo Ukah gave them the lead in the 37th minute, but the visitors came from behind through goals by Mateo Roskam (52') and Milos Raickovic (65').
As a result, the Red Giants, now on 10 points, have lost their top spot in Group D to JDT, also on 10 points and already qualified, as the Southern Tigers have the superior goal difference. They have no other options but to defeat JDT at Larkin in the final matchday, in order to retake first place and avoid meeting Group C leaders Kedah in the quarter-finals. Coincidentally, Selangor and JDT will first meet in a round 19 Super League (MSL) match this Saturday. A win for JDT in Selayang will see them lifting an unprecedented fourth consecutive MSL title.