Analysis

JDT AFC Cup player ratings: Southern Tigers muster 2-1 win after dominating Tampines Rovers

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) ran out 2-1 winners against Tampines Rover to ensure an exciting three-way battle to progress from Group H ahead of the penultimate round of the AFC Cup. Vijhay Vick rates the Southern Tigers…

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The Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions took the lead through a stunning strike by Safawi Rasid after 13 minutes but Khairul Amri scored from the spot just before the break.

JDT threw men forward and dominated the game but they had to wait until the 79th minute for the winner from Ahmad Hazwan Bakri.

JDT are level on seven points with Vietnam’s Song Lam Nghe An and Persija Jakarta from Indonesia in a tight battle to reach the next round. Tampines only have one point from their four group matches thus far.

The final two matches of the group stage take place in April.

IZHAM TARMIZI ROSLAN: 7

Back in the line-up after missing the past three AFC Cup matches, Izham went the right way for the spot kick but couldn’t get his hands to it. There wasn’t much else for him to do apart from that.

S. KUNANLAN: 7.5

The right-back made plenty of overlapping runs and put in many crosses, but there were only several that looked likely to trouble the visiting defence. Kunanlan did, however, lay the ball off for Safawi’s stunner.

ADAM NOR AZLIN: 7

The Malaysia Under-22 captain was tough at the back but he made several loose passes forward and that may not have pleased his coaches.

AIDIL ZAFUAN ABDUL RADZAK: 7.5

His experience at the back was telling as he read the play well to ensure there was barely any threat from the visitors.

LA’VERE CORBIN-ONG: 7

His runs forward were something you’d often see but it wasn’t very effective on this occasion as he didn’t have many opportunities to cross the ball or deliver his dangerous long throws.

AFIQ FAZAIL: 7.5

Afiq sat in front of the defence well and played many good balls forward.

He went forward too and had a number of shots – including one that forced Syazwan Buhari into a good save in the 73rd minute.

SAFIQ RAHIM: 7

The skipper got involved in a lot of action and it was a surprise to see him taken off at the hour mark. Even Safiq looked stunned as he saw his number go up as Hariss Harun was introduced. Safiq has been their best player in the competition thus far.

NATXO INSA: 8

Insa wasn’t very consistent with his passing but, like Safiq, he was involved heavily in JDT’s control of the match. It was his defence-splitting pass that set up Hazwan’s winner late in the match. Insa deserves credit for carrying the midfield after Safiq was taken off.

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