Weakened JDT secure important AFC Cup victory over Boeung Ket

Coach Benjamin Mora named a second-string Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) side against Cambodian club Boeung Ket Angkor on Wednesday, but it still marched to a routine 3-0 win in the AFC Cup Group F tie in Cambodia.

The Southern Tigers took precautions ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final second leg against Pahang, who hold a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, by fielding a much-changed side to their regularly 11.

Among those that sat out of the AFC Cup win include Marcos Antonio, Safiq Rahim, Afiq Fazail, Gabriel Guerra and Gonzalo Cabrera.

Nazmi Faiz Mansor assumed the responsibility of creating chances from midfield after being paired with less creative players in Mahali Jasuli and Shakir Saari, and he quickly made a mark by playing Safawi Rasid through for the opening goal in the eighth minute.

JDT are in a comfortable position for qualification compared to their counterparts in Group G and H

Nazmi kept attempting through balls to Safawi Rasid and R. Gopinathan and was then rewarded with a goal for himself when he lobbed the ball into the back of the net from outside the penalty box in the 26th minute.

Left-winger Gopinathan earned a penalty moments before the break after Boeung Ket's defence could not handle his burst of speed, but Azamuddin Akil saw the spot-kick saved.

Second-half substitute Gabriel Guerra scored JDT’s third after breaking free from the defence in stoppage time.

JDT are still second in Group F after Global of the Philippines came from a goal down to defeat Magwe 4-2 in Yangon. Global have a two-point advantage with one game remaining in the group while Boeung Ket are out of the competition.

Only the best second-placed team among the three Southeast Asian groups progress to the next round. JDT are in a comfortable position for qualification through this method compared to their counterparts in Group G and H.

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