KUALA LUMPUR – Two Malaysian teams playing in the AFC Cup competition suffered contrasting fortunes in their opening group F and G matches respectively last night.
Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) the 2015 AFC Cup champion opened their campaign in convincing style by beating Beoungket Angkor FC from Cambodia 3-0 while Felda United lost 1-2 to Tampines Rovers FC from Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
Argentine import Gabriel Guerra gave JDT a flying start at the Larkin Stadium against the Cambodian league title winners with a strike as early as the 2nd minute before coach Benjamin Mora’s boys added the second through Muhammad Nazmi Faiz Mansor in the 10th minute, finishing off a perfect cross from defender S. Kunanlan.
Watched by about 10,000 home fans, JDT put the match beyond doubt when skipper Safiq Rahim nodded home a cross from Gonzalo Cabrera Giordano in the 89th minute.
At the Jalan Besar Stadium, South Korean import Son Yong Chan gave Tampines Rovers the lead in the 64th minute while Singapore national striker Khairul Amri Mohammad Kamal made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute before Felda managed to reduce the deficit in the 86th minute through Fazrul Hazli Kadri.
In other matches played tonight, Global FC from the Philippines scored a slim 1-0 victory over Magwe from Myanmar while Vietnam’s Hanoi FC and Ceres Negros FC from the Philippines shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the My Dinh Stadium.
In the next AFC Cup fixtures, JDT head to Yangon for their match against Magwe FC while Felda United host Hanoi FC at the Selayang Stadium on March 7.