Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) needed an extra-time winner to beat Sabah 2-1 at the Likas Stadium in the 2018 Shopee FA Cup second round on Saturday.
The Southern Tigers, who were still licking their wounds from a 2-0 AFC Cup loss to Song Lam Nghe An, found themselves one goal down in the 23rd minute with Lee Kil-Hoon catching their defence flat-footed to put the ball into the net.
After several chances went begging, the 2016 FA Cup winners drew level in the 51st minute after the ball luckily fell in front of Luciano Figueroa to poke it home during a corner.
With both teams evenly matched at the end of regular time of play, Gonzalo Cabrera stepped up to score the winner five minutes into extra time.
A tame ball clearance from a JDT corner landed on the Argentine, who lifted the ball and volleyed it home to send his team into the third round.
It proved to be a poor night for Borneo-based teams, as Kuching and Sarawak were also knocked out of the FA Cup.
Kuala Lumpur handed Kuching a 4-0 defeat thanks to Guilherme de Paula's hat-trick and Paulo Josue netting the other goal, while Sarawak crashed to a 3-1 loss to Perak at the Lumut Stadium.
After taking a seventh-minute lead through Mateo Roskam, the Crocs conceded a penalty six minutes later to allow Wander Luiz to equalise for the hosts.
Gilmar da Silva then put the Bos Gaurus ahead in the 39th minute before sealing the comeback win with another goal in the 84th minute.
Besides Perak, Felda United also secured a comeback victory against Felcra in a seven-goal thriller at the Shah Alam Stadium.
After going behind to Endrick dos Santos' goal in the 23rd minute minute, Felda were awarded a penalty in the first-half injury time, which was converted by Thiago Augusto Fernandes.
The Brazilian then grabbed his second in the 64th minute before Shukor Adan increased the Fighters' lead.
Anselmo Arruda da Silva pulled one back for the home side, but Hadin Azman and Gilberto Valdenesio Fortunato found the back of the net again for Felda late in the game to seal an impressive 5-2 win.
In today's earlier kick-offs, Terengganu comfortably dispatched of PJ Rangers 4-0 and PKNP overcame Shahzan Muda 2-1, while Kedah, UiTM, Kelantan and PKNS already secured their progression to the third round after winning their ties on Friday.
Seng Foo Lee
Sat Mar 03 2018
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