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KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’ zim (JDT) have emerged as Super League champions for the fourth consecutive time despite losing 1-2 to Selangor at the Selayang Stadium near here tonight.

With an unassailable lead of 11 points over their nearest challengers Kedah, JDT’s finest moment was also witnessed by the club’s owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

In the match, JDT opened scoring through Natxo Insa in the 38th minute before Selangor fought back with two goals by Mohd Amri Yahyah in the 59th minute and substitute Andik Vermansah in the 77th minute.

Kedah, meanwhile, failed to close the gap with JDT when they lost 1-2 to Pahang at Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan.

Pahang scored via Yamil Jorge Gonzalo Romero in the 64th minute and Matheus Alves Leandro in the 79th minute while Kedah’s only goal came from Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad in the 77th minute. – Bernama



KUALA LUMPUR – Defending Super League champion Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) edged closer towards retaining the 2016/2017 Super League title after edging Perak 2-1 at the Larkin Stadium, last night and opening up a 11-point gap over second placed Kedah.

With only four more matches remaining, JDT now has 45 points compared with Kedah with 35 points.

In the match, Perak drew first blood through Mohd Hafiz Kamal’s freekick on the stroke of half time but JDT came back from the break to first score the equaliser through Mohd Fadhli Mohd Shas in the 47th minute and the winner through new signing Mohamad Ghaddar in the 60th minute.

The biggest shock of the day was at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Star where Kedah whipped Kelantan 5-0 with goals from Mohamad Ariff Farhan Md Isa (7th min), Ken Ilso Larsen (47th and 60th mins) and a brace from Sandro da Silva Mendoca (70th and 86th mins).

FA Cup runner-up Pahang were also in for a shock defeat when bottom of the table side Penang walked away with a 2-0 win at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang with goals from Mark Andrew Hartmann (7th min) and Sanna Nyassi (64th min).

Felda United scored a convincing 3-1 win over Selangor at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium in Jengka, Pahang to replace Selangor in fourth spot.

Thiago Augusto Fernandes gave Felda the lead in the 40th minute and Ifedayo Olusegun Patrick Omosuyi made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute and Muhd Shukor Adan added the third in the 75th minute while Francis Forkey Doe scored Selangor’s consolation goal in the 47th minute.

At the Shah Alam Stadium, PKNS FC edged T-Team from Terengganu, 2-1 to move up to seventh spot on the league table, replacing T-Team who slipped to eighth.

Melaka United got back to winning way by beating Sarawak 4-2 at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.

Sarawak who took a 2-0 lead through Mateo Roskam in the 23rd minute and Tommy Mawat Bada in the 28th minute, conceded four goals when Melaka United clawed back with goals from South Korean Jeon Woo Young (30th min), Mohd Fauzi Rozlan (34th min), R. Surendran (39th min) and Felipe de Almeida Sousa (90th min).





KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian goalkeeper Farizal Marlias was slapped with a one-year ban from all competitions by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday after man-handling match officials in a defeat suffered by his club side Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the AFC Cup last month.

JDT were knocked out of the regional competition after losing 2-1 to Ceres-Negros in the Philippines in the second leg of the zonal semifinal on May 31.

On top of the ban, Farizal was fined US$40,000 for his aggressive behaviour.

Also punished was JDT’s Mexican coach Benjamin Mora, who received a US$7,000 fine for insulting the AFC staff and match officials after the defeat.

“The match suspension shall be served on an Asia-wide basis [in all domestic, continental and international matches, whether friendly, non-official or official matches],” read a statement from the AFC.

“Farizal was expelled by the referee for using his fist to push the referee in the chest, an act of violent conduct. After being expelled, the player used his fists to push the referee in the chest, used his hands to push the second assistant referee, and used his shoulder to push the first assistant referee.

“He used his hands to push the fourth official as he exited the field of play, all actions which brings the game of football into serious disrepute.”

Farizal lost his cool when Chinese referee Fu Ming awarded Ceres a contentious added-time penalty after JDT defender Aidil Zafuan had barged into Manuel Herrera from a corner.

Fernando Rodriguez stepped up to coolly dispatch the spot kick beyond Farizal and dump the 2015 champions out on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate score.

Farizal’s 12-month suspension will come as a blow to the Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders.

The 30-year-old, who has earned 31 international caps since 2009, has helped JDT build the MSL’s best defensive record, with only 11 goals conceded in 13 matches.

With the MSL window closing on June 11, the club will turn to their dependable second choice Izham Tarmizi or young Haziq Nazli.

The AFC also banned Cho Yong Hyung of Jeju United for six months, with a US$20,000 fine, for pushing the referee in the 3-0 AFC Champions League defeat against Japan’s Urawa Reds.

The South Korean side also saw Baek Donggyu and Kweon Hanjin banned for three and two months respectively for their involvement in the brawl.

Jeju (US$40,000) and Urawa (US$20,000) were also fined for the participation of their team officials in the fracas which saw players and officials chasing each other. – ESPN

KUALA LUMPUR – Champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) stay top of the table after beating PKNS 1-0 in a Super League match at Shah Alam Stadium last night.

With the win, the Southern Tigers have collected 30 points from the 13 matches played.

JDT had to labour past a stubborn PKNS side who only succumbed in the 78th minute, courtesy of a goal scored by midfielder Amirulhadi Zainal Abidin.

Meanwhile, FA Cup champions Kedah continued their winning streak by thrashing T-Team 3-0 in a Super League match at Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.

The Red Hawks soared high with goals from their Denmark player Ken Ilso who scored a hattrick in the 11, 15 and 45 minute.

Fallen giants Selangor failed to make home ground advantage count after losing 0-2 to a revitalised Pahang team in a match at Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

Brazil-born player Matheus Alves Leandro scored for The Elephants in the 84 and 72 minutes.

Felda United thumped Melaka United 3-0 in another match at Tun Razak Stadium, Jengka, Maran, Pahang.

The Fighters goals were scored by Lucas Matias Cano (29m), Zah Rahan Krangar (33m) and Gaston Cellerino (85m) .

Penang drew 2-2 with Kelantan in a match at Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium, Kota Bharu.

The Penang goals were scored by Sanna Nyassi (24, 9m) while the Kelantan goals were scored by S. Thinagaran (25m) and Muhd Danial Ashraf Abdullah (55m).

Meanwhile, Perak and Sarawak drew 0-0 in another match played at Perak Stadium in Ipoh.


KUALA LUMPUR – Super League leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) booked their ticket to the AFC ASEAN Zone semi-final after a comfortable 3-1 win over Magwe FC of Myanmar in their final Group F match at Stadium Tan Sri Hassan Yunos, Larkin, Johor Bahru last night.

The victory saw the Southern Tigers accompany group leaders Global FC from the Philippines, who also recorded a 3-1 victory over Beoungket Angkor FC of Cambodia.

In the match in Johor Bahru, Argentine striker Gabriel Guerra emerged the hero, scoring a hat-trick for the Southern Tigers.

JDT had fallen behind in the third minute after Kyaw Swar Linn headed in a pass from his teammate, but Guerra equalised for the hosts in the 15th minute through a beautiful shot from outside the box.

Guerra continued his fine display, heading in cross from Safiq Rahim in the 58th minute, before slotting in a penalty kick in the 78th minute to seal the victory for the hosts.

JDT are scheduled to face the winner of Group G, Ceres Negros FC from the Philippines in the semi-final of the ASEAN zone using a two-legged match format on May 17 and 31.

In the meantime, Felda United’s AFC campaign ended after losing 1-4 to Vietnam’s Hanoi FC in their final Group G match at My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi.

Hanoi FC’s four goals were netted by Pham Duc Huy (52nd minute), Nguyen Van Quyet (76′ and 86′) and Do Hung Dung (90′).

Felda United’s Argentine substitute Gaston Cellerino Grasso netted a consolation goal from the penalty spot in injury time.


KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) led 11 Super League teams into the Malaysia Cup after last night’s fixtures ended at various venues throughout the country.

Based on the Malaysia Cup format, 11 teams from the Super League and five top teams from the Premier League qualify for the competition in July.

Apart from JDT, Pahang, Kedah, Felda United, Sarawak, Perak, PKNS FC, Melaka United, Kelantan, Selangor and T-Team qualified from the Super League while Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, PKNP FC, Kuala Lumpur and UiTM FC made it from the Premier League.

In Super League matches, JDT consolidated its position at the top of the Super League table with 23 points after beating Penang 2-1 at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang.

At the Darulmakmur Stadium, Pahang were held to a 1-1 draw by Felda United while Kedah and Perak shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.

Kelantan and Sarawak also shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the State Stadium in Kuching while T-Team upset Selangor 2-1 Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.

PKNS FC and Melaka United were involved in another 2-2 draw at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.

KUALA LUMPUR – The gentlemen’s agreement initiated by the Super League reigning champion, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) by not allowing their ex-player to play against them should not be raised by certain quarters.

JDT Sports Director Alistair Edwards in the latest entry posted in JDT facebook page; The Southern Johor Darul Ta’zim FC claimed that such agreement had long been practised by certain clubs in Europe.

“The decisions and agreements were made to give win-win situations to both sides. So, to those unintelligent individuals, don’t try to bring up such a small matter,” he said.

Citing Mohd Amri Yahyah as an example, Edwards said the veteran playmaker was not allowed to play against JDT since his current club, Melaka United was unable to pay his full salary.

Therefore, Edwards said both teams agreed to pay half salary each to the 36-year-old player.

He also asserted that the same situation was also faced by two former JDT players – Mohd Nazrin Nawi and Jasazrin Jamaluddin – as the duo were also barred from playing against JDT since their current employer, Perak FA could not afford to pay the duo’s combined transfer fees of RM1.2 million.

“When Perak was unable to afford the amount and requested it to be lowered to RM400,000, JDT agreed to it as long as the players would not play against JDT,” Edwards said.

“It was the same with (national striker) Mohd Safee Sali when PKNS couldn’t afford to pay the full transfer fee to JDT, so Safee Sali cannot play against JDT due to the gentlemen’s agreement, in which JDT agreed to let PKNS pay half of the amount,” Edwards added. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Defending champion, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) had been drawn to meet Pahang in the quarter-finals of the 2017 FA Cup.
JDT will play against the Elephants at the Darul Makmur Stadium, Kuantan in the first match before playing at its own turf at the Tan Sri Datuk Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Larkin in the second.

The FA Cup quarter-finals will take place over two legs, with the first matches played on March 31 and April 1, and the second on April 21 and 22.

The draw broadcasted live on TV9 today, saw three-time champions Kedah to take on the up-and-coming team, PKNP FC in the first leg of the match at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar.

In the remaining two draws, Terengganu were paired against the bottom two clubs in the Super League, Sarawak, while Sabah is set to meet the 2017 Super League winner, Negeri Sembilan at the Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu.

Meanwhile, Kedah head coach Tan Cheng Hoe said each team that qualified to the quarter-finals deserved to be respected and urged his players to maintain their excellent momentum in every match.

“I think we need to respect every team and player who have put efforts to come this far. I hope all my players can stay focus and display a high level of discipline in every match.

“Of course, we also have to increase our performance level from time to time,” he said at the ceremony here. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) hope to take full advantage of playing their AFC Cup Group F match against Beoung Ket Angkor FC from Cambodia on home soil at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium to collect three points today.

JDT head coach Benjamin Mora said after losing the ‘play off’ for the Asian Champions League (ACL) against Japan’s Gamba Osaka, early this month, there should be no obstacle for JDT to once again win the AFC Cup.

“The team is improving in every aspect of offensive and defensive, and the style of play in evolving day by day. And tomorrow is going to be a challenge for us because it’s their first time and for sure they will give their very best,” he said here yesterday.

JOHOR Darul Ta’zim missed out on qualification for the AFC Champions League after 2008 winners Gamba Osaka brushed them aside 3-0 in a playoff in Japan on Tuesday night.

It means that the Malaysia Super League champions will play in the AFC Cup in 2017.

Brazilian striker Ademilson and Shun Nagasawa netted two quickfire goals for the J-League giants in the first half before Genta Miura completed the rout after the break.

Without their suspended Argentine forward Jeronimo Barrales, JDT coach Benjamin Mora still opted for a positive line-up for the game at a sparsely populated Suita City Football Stadium.

In near freezing temperatures, teenage winger Safawi Rasid was handed a start, along with fellow Malaysia international attackers Azamuddin Akil and Amrulhadi Zainal.

Gamba Osaka, fourth in the J.League last season, applied the pressure immediately. Midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi got into the box, but was unable to volley home a dangerous cross from the left.

A rare foray towards the Gamba goal saw right-back S.Kunanlan fire JDT’s first shot on target in the 10th minute from outside the area. But it was comfortably saved by Masaaki Higashiguchi.

Three minutes later, Gamba playmaker Shu Kurata also fired from range, forcing Farizal Marlias to spill the shot. But the goalkeeper was able to regather the ball before the fast-charging Shun Nagasawa reached it.

JDT’s quick counter attack on 17 minutes saw Safiq Rahim unleash Safawi in space on the left, but the 19-year-old rushed his left-footed shot, and it flew harmlessly wide.

Gamba took the lead in the 26th minute after a period of sustained pressing. The ball cannoned off the JDT defence into the path of Yasuyuki Konno whose cross from the left was met by a pinpoint header from Brazilian striker Ademilson, putting the home side ahead.

JDT immediately responded with a dangerous run from Gonzalo Cabrera that unleashed Azamuddin before he fouled left-back Hiroki Fujiharu in the box.

But Gamba would make it two goals in three minutes for a well-deserved 2-0 lead.

Kurata found Fujiharu whose first-time pass was slammed home by striker Shun Nagasawa in the 29th minute, getting the better of Fazly Mazlan. Nine minutes earlier, Fazly was lucky to escape with only a yellow card after a studs-showing challenge on Gamba’s Oh Jae-Suk.

Gamba Osaka took control of the AFC Champions League playoff after Ademilson opened the scoring in the 26th minute.
Brian Ferreira had been having a quiet game, but he did get JDT’s second shot on target in the 41st minute, without causing Higashiguchi much concern.

JDT started the second half in more confident fashion, unlike the first half where they were constantly harried off possession by Gamba.

One sequence of passes led to Safawi receiving possession just outside the Gamba box. The teenager unleashed a decent hit that was gathered by Higashiguchi.

But Gamba soon regained the upper hand as Fabio Aguiar directed a Yasuhito Endo header just wide. Then Shun Nagasawa was denied by a last-ditch Kunanlan tackle from close range.

That effort deflected wide for a corner, from which Gamba capitalised to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute.

The architect was captain Endo, who floated in a delicious corner which saw Miura rising highest to find the bottom corner with his debut goal in Gamba colours.

Safiq managed a free kick that sailed just over the bar in the closing stages.

It was the Malaysians’ last crack at goal as 2015 semifinalists Gamba comfortably sealed their passage into the ACL for another season.

For JDT, defeat was an important learning curve as they aspire to emulate their opponents by becoming regulars in Asia’s elite competition. – ESPN

JDT: Farizal Marlias (GK), Marcos Antonio, Fadhli Shas, Fazly Mazlan, Amirulhadi Zainal, Safiq Rahim (C), Gonzalo Cabrera, Brian Ferreira, Azamuddin Akil (Mahali Jasuli 54′), Safawi Rasid (Nazmi Faiz 65′), S. Kunanlan

Gamba Osaka: Masaaki Higashiguchi (GK), Fabio Aguiar, Genta Miura, Hiroki Fujiharu, Yasuhito Endo (C) (Jin Izumisawa 80′), Yosuke Ideguchi, Oh Jae-suk, Shu Kurata, Shun Nagasawa, Ademilson (Ritsu Doan 88′)