Football: LionsXII through to Malaysia Cup quarters after beating Terengganu 2-1

File picture of Christopher van Huizen, who scored late in the match to give LionsXII a win against Terengganu on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015.
File picture of Christopher van Huizen, who scored late in the match to give LionsXII a win against Terengganu on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

KUALA TERENGGANU - The LionsXII are through to the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals after a rain-hit 2-1 win away to Terengganu on Wednesday night.

In front of a raucous crowd of more than 10,000 at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium in Kuala Terengganu, Fandi Ahmad's men defended valiantly and struck late on to secure the three points to top Group A.

Play was abandoned for 30 minutes just past the hour mark after a torrential downpour caused puddles and divots to form across the pitch.

The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute through youngster Dhiyaulrahman Hasry, who finished off neat build-up play from Malaysia national forward Norshahrul Idlan.

Barely a minute later, parity was restored. Substitute striker Sufian Anuar - who had just come on for hamstring injury victim Khairul Amri - pounced on a defensive error to curl in a deflected effort.

It was the 28-year-old's first goal for the Singapore outfit since August last year.

Forward Issey Nakajima came closest to scoring the hosts' second goal when his close-range strike cannoned off the crossbar, before goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud scrambled for the rebound.

Substitute Christopher van Huizen broke Terengganu hearts in the dying minutes, sliding in at the near post to spark wild celebrations from coach Fandi Ahmad and the bench.

The LionsXII topped the group with 13 points from six games and will next face Pahang in the two-legged quarter-finals on Nov 24 and 28. The defending champions finished second in Group D after a surprise 0-0 draw at home to Penang.

Terengganu were knocked out after Kedah beat Johor Darul Takzim II 4-2 to book a final-eight clash against Group D winners PKNS.