JDT Player Ratings: Cabrera impresses but visitors second best in Japan

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) were no match for Gamba Osaka in Japan despite the latter barely having to get into full gear in their 3-0 AFC Champions League Playoff win. FourFourTwo dishes out the grades to the Southern Tigers…

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Farizal Marlias: 5.5

He didn’t really have much to do apart from picking the ball out of the back of the net three times.

Farizal, however, couldn’t be faulted for any of Gamba Osaka’s goals.

S. Kunanlan: 6

Kunanlan was caught out of position when Shun Nagasawa doubled the hosts’ lead in the 29th minute but he didn’t look out of place throughout the match like a couple of his teammates did.

The right-back was difficult to get past down the flanks and improved as the match progressed.

Kunanlan was one of the better performers on the night

Marcos Antonio: 6

The Brazilian looked calm and composed at the start of the match but the attacking threat of Gamba and having to constantly keep the backline in check proved too much.

Antonio should have cleared the ball to Row Z before Ademilson’s header went past Farizal for the opening goal of the match.

Fadhli Shas: 5

In the line-up for the third game running due to injury to Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Fadhli made a rash challenge in the very first minute.

He was often caught out for pace and at times got lucky that Gamba failed to make the most of poor marking. Fadhli, however, was caught out of position when Gamba took the lead.

Fazly Mazlan: 5

Fazly should thank his lucky stars he did not see red for a challenge on Oh Jae-Suk in the 20th minute. Instead, he walked away with a yellow for his cynical studs up tackle.

The young left-back was difficult to get past as Gamba did plenty of attacking through the middle.

JDT's defence was under constant pressure. File photo

Azamuddin Akil: 5.5

The right-winger was involved in tussles with his opponents as he pressed Gamba Osaka at every chance available before being taken off in the 55th minute.

Gamba had more than enough space to counter Azamuddin’s burst of speed, one that usually leaves defenders for dead in Malaysia.

Amirul Hadi Zainal: 4.5

Amirul has been doing well adapting to a holding midfield role but his lack of experience was evident against Gamba.

He was outplayed and was guilty of plenty of stray passes. Benjamin Mora will perhaps have to rethink his strategies when JDT come up against strong teams in the AFC Cup.