JDT Players Ratings: Global’s three-goal blitz too much for JDT

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) suffered their second loss in as many matches as they went down 3-2 to Philippines’s Global in the AFC Cup on Wednesday. Vijhay Vick dishes out the grades. 

Izham Tarmizi Roslan: 5.5

Coming into the match after a howler in the 3-1 loss to Pahang in the FA Cup, Izham had some nervy moments in the first half.

He couldn’t do much about Global’s first and third but he shouldn’t have allowed Shu Sasaki to put the ball through his legs in the 32nd minute.

Fazly Mazlan: 6

The young left-back was given a tough time at the back and his tendency to go forward occasionally left him chasing shadows when Global were on their fast breaks. He had a better second half though.

Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak: 5

Back in the line-up after losing his spot to Fadhli Shas and Junior Eldstal, Aidil looked composed in the opening minutes but he was quickly taken apart as Global scored three quick goals.

Marcos Antonio: 5.5

Like Aidil, Antonio didn’t have the best of games in the heart of the defence.

The stand-in skipper was late to the ball for Dennis Villanueva’s opening goal and struggled to hold the offside line for the Filipino side’s second goal.

Azrif Nasrulhaq: 6.5

He ventured forward often and was difficult to get past, but Azrif didn’t really get into his usual game until the second half.

Amirul Hadi Zainal: 5

Coming in for an on-form Afiq Fazail, Amirul struggled to protect the back-four in the first half.

He went forward more in the second half and looked more effective but he wouldn’t be too pleased with himself.

Nazmi Faiz Mansor: 6

The 22-year-old was hardworking as ever but he couldn’t ignite the engine room in Safiq Rahim’s absence. He was perhaps guilty of dropping too deep at times.

Gonzalo Cabrera: 6.5

There were the occasional flashes of brilliance as he skipped past opponents and tricked them with his quick feet, but it was rarely in the threatening areas.

Gabriel Guerra: 7.5

Arguably JDT’s best player on the pitch, Guerra showed how much of a threat he was after just four minutes when he played Ahmad Hazwan Bakri through on goal.

Yet, the lack of service from his midfielders meant Guerra had to constantly drop back to win the bal and JDT lost the edge higher up as a result.

Guerra’s two goals in the second half revived JDT’s chances late in the match. He could have ended the night with a hat-trick had he managed to head the ball into the back of the net at the hour-mark.

Azamuddin Akil: 5.5

Azamuddin had a quiet first half and it was a surprise he started the second half despite JDT being three goals down.

The right winger improved in the second half, making more runs and putting in better crosses, but he made way for Safiq close to the hour mark.

Ahmad Hazwan Bakri: 6

The match could have ended differently had Hazwan found the back of the net just minutes into the match. He hit the post instead and never got a better chance than that again.

Hazwan’s movement, however, was key to Guerra’s second goal in the 82nd minute.