JDT Player Ratings: Second-stringers come good in AFC Cup triumph

Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) recorded a 3-0 win against Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor in the AFC Cup Group F at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. FourFourTwo dishes out the grades …

Haziq Nadzli: 6

The Malaysian under-22 custodian was given a rare start but JDT could have played virtually anyone in goal as Haziq barely had anything to do apart from routine catches.

Fazly Mazlan: 7

Efficient as always, Fazly made it tough for Boeung Ket to attack from the flanks. He did go forward occasionally but barely burst up and down the left side, perhaps conserving energy for Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Pahang.

Fazly did all that was required for JDT

Dominic Tan: 6.5

Another youngster given a rare start, Tan seized the moment to put in a good performance. He missed a clearance in the 20th minute but may have showed enough composure throughout the match to convince coach Benjamin Mora to play him more often.

Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak: 6.5

A more composed outing compared to his recent performances, but he was barely tested. Most of Aidil’s time on the ball came from JDT’s attempt to play it around. Aidil barely put a foot wrong.

S. Kunanlan: 7.5

Like always, the right-back put in a good performance. He was kept busy in the opening stages of the match by Japanese winger Tomoki Muramatsu but he prevailed, forcing the hosts to switch the latter to the other side.

Kuna was his typically steady self

Shakir Saari: 7

The holding midfielder managed another performance that will make you wonder what kept him among the fringes for so long. Shakir broke up Boeung Ket’s play moments before the visitors opened the scoring. He guarded JDT’s back-four well, ensuring an easy day for Aidil and Tan.

Nazmi Faiz Mansor: 8

It took only eight minutes for Nazmi to show he was JDT’s most creative player on the pitch. The 23-year-old midfielder played a ball over the defence for Safawi Rasid’s strike before lobbing it into an unguarded net in the 26th minute for their second after Sou Yaty rushed out to make amends for his miss-hit clearance.

Mahali Jasuli: 6

Played in an unfamiliar central midfield role, Mahali was all over his opponents to deny them time and space on the ball. Yet he committed plenty of fouls and could not inspire attacks.

R. Gopinathan: 6

Making his second start in the competition, Gopi showed his rusty legs with a quiet start and several misplaced passes throughout the first half before reminding many what his pace could offer by winning a penalty just before the break. He also missed a sitter in the closing minutes of the game

Azamuddin Akil: 6

There was nothing spectacular going forward from the right-winger but he was efficient while defending, tracking back to deny the Cambodians space. Azamuddin saw his penalty saved in the 45th minute.

Safawi Rasid: 7.5

Often isolated at the top, Safawi used his sheer speed to break away from the defenders and take the ball past Sou Yaty before the simplest of finishes for JDT’s opening goal.

Safawi helped himself to a goal

SUBTITUTES

S. Chanthuru: 6.5

Brought on at half-time to run at defenders, Chanthuru never got his chance until very late in the match. His best play came in the 89th minute when he squared the ball to Gopinathan to play a simple finish, but the latter missed glaringly.

Fadhli Shas: 6

Coming in after Tan was forced off in the 70th minute, Fadhli ensured JDT saw off the match with a clean sheet.

Gabriel Guerra: 7

Introduced late in the match after the visitors were finding it hard to get things going in the opposing half, Guerra kept Boeung Ket’s defence on their toes. There was nothing they could do, however, when he raced to the ball and applied the finishing touches past Sou Yaty in stoppage time.

Main photo: JDT. Remaining photos: File pix from Asiana.my