BY OOI KIN FAI Follow on Twitter
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) won their second match in Group F of the 2017 AFC Cup competition and in beating Global FC, overtook the same team as the leader of the group after the completion of the first batch of fixtures. The 2-0 win puts JDT ahead on Global on seven points, just the one point gap in between.
As expected, Benjamin restored most of his preferred XI to the starting line-up. Unfortunately for Global, they have to face the likes of Safiq Rahim, Gabriel Guerra and Hazwan Bakri, which Maywe FC didn't have to in their last match. On the opposite bench, Toshiaki Imai made the big call of putting Misagh Bahadoran on the bench despite his goal-scoring exploits in this season's AFC Cup.
JDt started strongly and could have been 3-0 up before even the 10 minutes mark but lack of sharpness from Hazwan and Mahali Jasuli meant that those chances created were missed. However to their credit, JDT never stopped pushing and the goal did came, albeit longer than the home side would have preferred.
In the 30th minute, JDT opened the scoring with Safiq playing a central role in it. His run towards the penalty box was stopped but still managed to push the ball onto the path of Mahali who shimmied one side before dispatching a wonderful shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to JDT.
Just four minutes later, Hazwan was adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Amani Aguinaldo although replay showed there was minimal contact made. Safiq step up confidently and sent Patrick Deyto in Global's goal, the wrong way to double JDT's tally.
It was more of balanced contest in the second half as JDT took their foot off the gas. This allowed Global more possession of the ball but it was all being done in a controlled fashion by JDT. The one clear chance that Global managed to create was spurned by Shu Sasaki.
Substitute Brian Ferreira added to the tally with a goal in the 87th minute of the match. Receiving a pass from team mate Guerra, Ferreira feint one side to get past his marker before calmly slotting home despite the advancing Global keeper in his path.
Marcos Antonio capped a good night for the home side in the 92nd minute of the match when the Brazilian got his head onto Guerra's free kick to flick the ball past Deyto. That goals makes it 4-0 for JDT and completes what is personally, a great performance from the dominant centre back.
Global can have no complaints with the result and they would be hoping that with the advantage of the home stadium, the gap between them and JDT would be a smaller one than tonight at Tan Sri Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium.