* Perak put FA Cup exit behind to surprise JDT in league

* JDT’s hopes of going to the top of the league shattered

Defending champions Johor Darul Takzim are kings at home but are struggling in away matches when they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Perak at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Friday – their second away defeat, having lost to Police 1-0 on Feb 14.

The Southern Tigers were confident of full points against Perak after their 2-0 to Terengganu in a return-leg FA Cup quarter-final match which knocked Perak out of the semi-finals.

However, the homesters shrugged off their FA Cup exit and come back from a goal down in the first half to stun the Bojan Hodak’s team with two goals in a seven minute spell after the break after the visitors had gone ahead through international Junior Eldstal in the 24th minute.

Wounded Perak bounced back in the second half and drew level on 49 minutes through their hard working and industrious NurridzuanĀ Hassan and went 2-1 up through Charles Souza Chad after 55 minutes.

The setback in Ipoh is a serious setback for JDT who remained in fourth place with 14 points on goal difference after nine matches with Police in third place with the same number of points from eight matches.

The three points off JDT saw Perak move up to fifth place with 14 points on better goal difference with a game in hand – ahead of Terengganu who also have 14 points. Perak’s match against Pahang last week was postponed because of Pahang’s involvement in the AFC Cup.

Selangor lead the 12-team Super League on goal difference with 17 points – the same as second-placed Felda United. The Red Giants play Kelantan in Kota Bahru on Saturday while Felda United will be at home to Pahang at the Selayang Stadium.


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