Football: LionsXII overcome nine-man Terengganu to reach FA Cup final

The LionsXII are through to their first Malaysia FA Cup final after a pulsating second leg against Terengganu on Saturday evening. They lost 2-3 but, with the scores tied 4-4 on aggregate, make the final courtesy of the away goals rule.

Khairul Amri was in top form for Fandi Ahmad's team, who had won 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium a week earlier. The Singapore striker opened the scoring with a cool finish from inside the box. After Terengganu's Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel levelled the scores with a looping header, Amri scored a stunning first-time volley with his weaker left foot to give his side the lead.

Amri's second goal meant the home side needed to score three goals to go through. They got the first through a Rangel penalty, after Safuwan Baharudin had fouled the striker. Norshahrul Idlan Talaha then added another with an overhead kick.

In the final minute of normal time, Terengganu thought Nordin Alias had scored the winner following a corner, but it was ruled out for offside. In the melee, Rangel kicked the ball at the fifth official, and was sent off. Two minutes later, Gustavo Lopez was also sent off for pushing the referee in what was a dramatic ending.

The LionsXII will play Kelantan, who beat Pahang 3-2 on aggregate, in the May 23 final at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

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