With a 0-1 deficit on aggregate, it's not a ''mission-impossible for Sabah to rebound in the second game of the Malaysia Cup semi-final against Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium on Sunday.
Sabah Coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee said that a loss of one goal isn't an issue but the players need to remain focused and adhere to the game plan within Sabah, Southern Tigers' fortress.What is essential is to be focused on the game. We aren't far enough behind to get back on track, so within just 90 minutes (regulation timing) and 120 minutes (with an extra period) there is a chance for anything to happen in Johor the Johor,He said.
Like today players, they showed great determination despite not having seven important young players such as Hanafie (Tokyo) as well as Gerald (Gadit) whom displayed an impressive performance and showed they were not frightened in a major game.Arif Aiman Mohd's strike in the 34th minute was the reason for the hosts victory in the match against Rhinos.
Meanwhile, Kim Swee said he has to determine the condition of certain players like Baddrol Bakhtiar and Rizal Ghazali, both of whom suffered injuries in the game before deciding the team that will play in the second game.Concerning his entry into the pitch during the first part of the match Kim Swee conceded that it was his fault and that referee Razlan Joffri's decision to give him a yellow card was based on a valid reason.
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As of now, JDT coach Hector Bidoglio stated that his team tried to get the ball moving quickly but the Sabah defence was extremely difficult to handle and prevented JDT not playing the game they were supposed to.It was a tough match, Sabah are a formidable team to manage. However, we have to continue and get better day by day. Also, we must improve in the next phase,he said.The initial leg was also very tense in that there were 11 yellow cards seven of them in the case of Sabah and four for JDT as well as one red card were handed out.
JDT midfielder Mohd Feroz Baharudin, however is not expected to play in the return leg following his dismissal for another booked offence within the final 73rd minutes.The Southern Tigers, who are looking to win a quadruple following having won the Charity Shield, Super League and FA Cup this season, were at Kota Kinabalu in a bid to win and it showed the intensity of their game as they started with a ferocious attitude.The prolific JDT goalie Bergson Da Silva sounded an early warning after letting go with a screamer as soon in the 3rd minute making Sabah goalkeeper Damien Lim to push it out.
The hosts continued to press forward and, following a few close-misses made it clear that they had the upper hand in the 83rd minute when Arif Aiman smashed 4 Sabah players before shooting a left-footed strike in the outside of the box, scoring his first goal of this Malaysia Cup campaign.The Southern Tigers had a good chance to score a second goal following the break, but Bergson was off his mark when his shot from the spot at 59 minutes could be prevented by Damien.The score was 1-0.Which reported by sportsbook betting malaysia.