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JDT simply no match for mighty Muangthong

Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) were handed a footballing lesson by Muangthong United in the AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 as the Thai side ran out comfortable 5-2 winners to set-up a playoff tie with Kashiwa Reysol next week.

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Comfortable winners in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) last year, the Southern Tigers were simply no match for the 2017 Thai League T1 runners-up at the National Stadium in Bangkok on Tuesday.

JDT will now play in the second-tier AFC Cup.

JDT were fortunate to go into the break only trailing 3-0

JDT, boasting some of the best names in Malaysia, had their defence to blame from very early in the match as Sarach Yooyen was left with a simple tap in after the hosts beat the offside trap in the eighth minute. Tristan Do was next on the scoresheet after Muangthong carved JDT's defence open once again in the 21st minute.

The problems kept piling up for Ulisses Morais' men as Heberty de Andrade converted a spot-kick in the 29th minute. JDT were fortunate to go into the break only trailing 3-0.

JDT started the second half on a better note, but Muangthong were not done at the other end as they capitalised on yet another mistake by Brazilian new signing Bruno Soares, who misplaced a pass to Safiq Rahim leading to Theerathon's goal in the 57th minute.

Andrade scored his second of the night after curling home a sublime freekick past hapless custodian Izham Tarmizi Roslan in the 62nd minute.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz scored a brace in stoppage time but the outcome of the match was already a foregone conclusion by then.

Photo: JDT