After 32 years – KL are Malaysia Cup champions again

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PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur City stunned Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to win the Malaysia Cup at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Second-half goals from Zhafri Yahya and Paulo Josue helped the City side to a 2-0 win over the wealthy holders from Johor.

The victory ended a 32-year wait for KL – they last lifted the prestigious trophy in 1989.

Despite being in control for large parts of the match, JDT were stunned in the 66th minute when midfielder Zhafri put the City Boys ahead with a tap-in after ghosting in at the far post.

Skipper Josue then sealed the win with a left-foot strike eight minutes later.

JDT went all-out in the final few minutes to salvage the match but the KL defence led by their Filipino goalkeeper Kevin Mendoza held firm to ensure victory.

The triumph marks KL’s fourth success in the tournament.

The loss will come as a shock to fans and pundits alike, who picked JDT as odds-on favourites to lift the cup.

Their head coach, Benjamin Mora was even reported this morning as saying that the Southern Tigers were “going to try to eat the opponents and we are going to score goals”.

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