KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)’s dream of becoming the first Malaysian team to qualify for the playoff Playoff Stage of AFC Champions League was dashed when they lost 0-3 to Thai side Muangthong United Tuesday night.
In their ACL Preliminary Stage 2 match played at the Thunderdome Stadium in Nonthaburi, the winner had to be determined by penalty shoot-out after the tie ended goalless after extra-time.
Muangthong United keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan saved the day for the hosts when he saved three penalty shots taken by Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Marcos Antonio and Hariss Harun.
Cleiton Augusto, Peerapat Notchaiya and Sarach Yooyen were on target for the hosts known as Twin Qilin.
Muangthong United will be up against Shanghai SIPG at the Shanghai Stadium in the playoff to see who gets to join Melbourne Victory (AUS), Gamba Osaka (JPN) and Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC (KOR) in Group G.
The group stage will see 32 teams in eight groups play in the round robin format with the top two of each group advancing to the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, JDT coached by Mario Gomez will see action in Group H of the AFC Cup 2016 together with JSW Bengaluru FC (IND), Lao Toyota FC (LAO) and Ayeyawady United (MYA).
The Southern Tigers had created history when they became the first team from Southeast Asia to win the AFC Cup last year after they defeated Istiklol FC of Tajikistan 1-0 in the final.
In other ACL Preliminary Stage 2 matches played tonight, Shandong Luneng FC of China mauled Mohun Bagan (IND) 6-0, Hanoi T&T (VIE) edged Kitchee SC (HKG) 1-0, Chonburi FC (THA) overcame Yangon United (MYA) 3-2.