|Albirex won the Cup for the second time|
But Kento Nagasaki's 90th minute strike ensured everyone at the Jalan Besar Stadium could head out for their supper on time after the Japanese side claimed their second win of this trophy which they last won back in 2011.
"I am not worry to see the game head into extra time, as I have confidence on my team to get the goals within the full 90 minutes." said Albirex's coach Tatsuyuki Okuyama after the match.
|Jubilation after Albirex equalized|
Despite the designated home side controlled much of the offenses, it was, however, the Tigers who took the lead instead in the 15th minute through Croatian striker Miroslav Kristic that saw the clean sheet of Albirex's custodian cum captain Yosuke Nozawa tainted for the first time in this tournament.
|Igor Cerina (left) was cautioned in the game|
"Other than that, I think we made our substitution at the right time during the match that created a positive impact on the team performance." added the 39-year-old coach who took over the post since last season.
|Kristic fisted his way up after took the lead|
"I think we should have won the game," exclaimed Tigers' coach Marko Kraljevic after the match.
"We never give Albirex any chance, in spite of having them keeping the possession because we pushed them all the way and with one mistake we made that we conceded the (second) goal, it's unlucky but that's football."
|Close shave for Albirex in the box|
|Tarik Cmajcanin tried to foil an attempt|
Nonetheless, the decent run in this tournament had drawn some positives for the reigning Coach of The Year recipient which he hopes his men can maintain the rhythm when the league season resumes later this month.
Also looking forward to build up the same momentum in the league is Coach Okuyama who opined the win not only created a positive impact on his squad but also boasted the confidence as well, although he maintained it's still early days to say if Albirex are ready for the title.
Said one-time defender:"It is just halfway into this league season and it is still early to say whether we can win the title or not but we always strive to do better in every game, this Cup win will boast the confidence of the players while creates a positive impact for us to challenge for the title."