PREMIER LEAGUE outfit Johor pulled off a stunning 2-1 win over Super League’s Johor Darul Takzim to lift the Crown Prince of Johor Cup.
In a thrilling ‘Battle of the Brothers’ at Larkin Stadium watched by more than 30,000 fans, the underdogs staged a fantastic comeback against the star-studded side. The champions took home RM20,000 while the runners up got RM10,000.
It was a tale of missed chances for Johor Darul Takzim against a tight Johor defence marshalled by the impressive centreback Nazri Ahmad.
Johor Darul Takzim’s 2008 Euro Championship winner, Spanish striker Daniel Guiza, who had scored 13 times in five friendlies, was a frustrated man as he was denied time and again either by the Johor backline or goalkeeper Syamim Othman.
A cat that ran across the Johor half in the 15th minute change things for the Premier League outfit, as they finally created their first chance.
However, just when the teams looked set to enter the break 0-0, Nurul Azuan Roya netted the opener with a clinical finish from the top of the box to beat Syamim.
Harimau Malaya striker Safee Sali, who scored two in the 5-1 win over Woodlands two days ago, was a pale shadow and was replaced at the start of second half.
But Johor never gave up and got their rewards when Brazilian Andre Francisco Da Silva headed the equaliser in the 56th minute.
And in the 77th miniute Johor went ahead with a beautiful low shot from Argentine striker Muriel Juan Orlando that took a bounce and hit the back of the net past a rooted Al-Hafiz Hamzah.
Meanwhile, Pahang beat Woodlands Wellington 5-0 to finish third.