Hafizuddin Desa scored a brace to steer Pahang to a 6-2 win over Negri Sembilan in Group A to seal a place in the Division One semi-finals of the Razak Cup in Kuantan yesterday.
The hosts finished runners-up in the group with two wins and a defeat. They lost 2-1 to defending champions Perak in the opening match before they bounced back to beat Selangor 3-1.
Pahang will play against Group B champions Kuala Lumpur in the semi-finals tomorrow. KL topped the group with a 3-1 win over Malacca.
The other semi-finals match is between Group A champions Perak against Malacca.
Hafizuddin was on target for Pahang in the 48th and 57th minutes.
Sallehin Ghani (21st), Haziq Fawwaz Ramli (41st), Ismail Abu (44th) and Hairul Nizam Abdul Rani (70th) scored the other goals for Pahang.
G. Kavin Kartik (16th) and Zabad Rosly (53rd) scored for Negri.
Pahang coach Izwan Suhardi said he had to field reserve goalkeeper Amirul Yusuf in place of injured Safiuddin Sharom and the subsitute keeper never let him down.
"Amirul was in top form for making a number of brilliant saves. Defender M. Vizayan was also nursing a knee injury but we still ll qualified for the semi-finals," said Izwan.
Perak top Group A by come back from a goal down to hold Selangor to a 2-2 draw.
Group A: N. Sembilan 2 Pahang 6, Perak 2 Selangor 2
Group B: K. Lumpur 3 Malacca 1, Penang 7 Johor 3
Terengganu vs Kelantan (6pm, Pitch 1)
A. Force vs Perlis (6pm, Pitch 2)
Kedah vs Police (8pm, Pitch 1.