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Figueroa scored the third goal to conclude a comfortable win

Kelantan 0-3 Johor DT: Southern Tigers seal victory as tempers flare in Kota Bharu

Figueroa scored the third goal to conclude a comfortable win

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Tempers flared on the touchline as Johor DT maintained their unbeaten record in the competition with a comfortable 3-0 win

The match was relatively balanced when it kicked off. Kelantan, having secured their place in the knockout rounds, did start with a relatively weaker time. Piya started on the bench, while names like Famirul Asyraf and Izuan Rosli was handed the task of pulling their strings upfront.

As for Johor, Bojan Hodak also opted to rest some key names, with the likes of Luciano Figueroa, Marcos Santos and Safiq Rahim all benched.

However, both sides were eager to stamp their authority from the get go. Nazrin Nawi in particular, looked extremely lively on the flanks for Johor DT, causing plenty of troubles for the Kelantan defence. However, the Nik Shahrul-led Kelantan backline looked solid as well; well at least for the first 25 minutes or so.

Because on the 26th minute mark, Johor DT broke the deadlock. Jorge Diaz, who has been so lethal for the Southern Tigers this year, added yet another goal to his collection, to put the away side ahead on the day.

That goal definitely silenced the crowd, as Kelantan fought hard to restore parity. Brendan Gan and Amar Rohidan were involved in a couple of excellen deliveries but Francis Forkey Doe was having a tough day dealing with the Johor defenders.

His struggle certainly did not aid their cause as the match went into half time, with Johor DT obtaining a slender lead courtesy of that 27th minute strike.

But after the break, Bojan Hodak's men showed no signs of complacency as they raced into a 2-0 lead just 3 minutes after the restart. Diaz showed excellent pace down that left flank, before providing a cross for Jasazrin to clinically slot home and give Johor DT a 2-0 lead.

That goal definitely took a massive toll on Kelantan's morale as they struggled to bounce back. There were vague attempts from George Boateng's men here and there, but the Johor DT defence were absolutely stellar in their performances.

And on the 66th minute mark, things got much worse as Luciano Figueroa fired Johor's third goal of the day to completely silence the home fans.

But there was futher drama late in the game as Nik Shahrul Azim was given his marching orders for what appeared to be a dodgy second yellow. That decision fueled the rage on the Kelantan bench as George Boateng lost his cool on the touchlines.

Players and officials were quick to act and hold him back though, and Johor DT officially maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament, courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory in Kota Bharu.

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