JDT AFC Cup player ratings: Poor night as JDT’s quest turns mission impossible
The Southern Tigers have a mountain to climb in order to progress to the next round and things are not in their hands anymore.
Persija, who lost the opening group match 3-0 at Larkin Stadium, never looked like losing against a makeshift JDT side that started the match with a rare back-five.
Simic headed in the first two goals before netting a tap-in for the third in the 19th minute. He scored from the spot in the 86th minute to take his tally to seven goals in the competition.
Adam Nor Azlin was sent off after picking a second yellow card in the 78th minute.
Persija, who play winless Tampines Rovers in the final match, are level on 10 points with Song Lam Nghe An but the former lead the group due to their better head-to-head record.
JDT must defeat Song Lam by at least three goals in their final match and count on favourable results elsewhere to stand any chance of qualifying for the ASEAN Zonal semi-final as the best second-placed team.
IZHAM TARMIZI ROSLAN: 6
Poor defending meant there was little that Izham could have done to prevent Persija from scoring three in the first half.
JUNIOR ELDSTAL: 5.5
Lacking pace against the speedy Indonesians, Eldstal had to be very cautious in committing himself and that didn’t help him as he struggled to prevent crosses from coming into the box after the left wing-back was well beaten.
Eldstal, however, made several good last-ditch tackles in the second half to prevent the host from increasing their lead.
HARISS HARUN: 5.5
Dropping into a back-three from midfield to keep a tight watch on Marko Simic, Hariss had a poor game.
His marking was poor as he got tricked by Simic’s movement as the striker raced to a hattrick after just 19 minutes. Hariss played many loose passes from the back too and switched to his natural midfield position in the second half.
AIDIL ZAFUAN ABDUL RADZAK: 6
Aidil made some good challenges at the back but he was guilty of not providing enough cover for his teammates, especially during the first two goals of the night.
ADAM NOR AZLIN: 5
He was unlucky to concede the free-kick that led to Simic’s second goal and while he recovered well at the back, Adam wasn’t quite effective going forward from a wing-back role.
He was sent off after picking up a second yellow in the 78th minute.
FAZLY MAZLAN: 4
His lack of awareness allowed Riko Simanjuntak to break free and set up the opening goal. Fazly also lacked the bite in the opposing half.
There were no surprises when he was taken off at half-time.
AFIQ FAZAIL: 5.5
Raul Longhi would have expected Afiq to provide better cover for the defence in the first half.
He wasn’t dominating in the No.6 role and changes were made in the second half that saw him play higher up the pitch.