Early exit for Lions?

LionsXII football players for the 2013 season.

PETALING JAYA - Super League champions Lions XII seemed to have lost their sting in the Malaysia Cup competition after their second consecutive defeat in Group D - losing 1-0 to Perak at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Monday night.

Former international Azlan Ismail was Perak's hero as his ninth-minute goal enabled his team to top the standings with seven points.

Singapore, who have won the coveted Malaysia Cup 24 times - are now staring at an early exit as they have only one point to show after three matches.

Coach V. Sundramoorthy's men opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Kedah and lost 2-1 to Premier League champions Sarawak 2-1 in Kuching last week.

In Paroi, defending champions Kelantan managed a 1-1 draw with Negri Sembilan in a Group C match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.

Dickson Nwakaeme put the Red Warriors ahead in the 41st minute before Fabio Barbosa equalised for Negri in the 61st minute.

Terengganu picked up their first point in Group C when they held Pahang to a 1-1 draw at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan.

Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin put the Turtles ahead in the eighth minute before Argentine Matias Conti equalised for the Elephants seven minutes later.