JDT beat Magwe to secure AFC Cup qualification

Johor JDT vs Magwe

A hat-trick from Gabriel Guerra did the trick as Johor Darul Ta’zim defeated Magwe 3-1 to secure their place in the AFC Cup knockout stage.

  • Swar Linn puts Magwe in front early
  • Guerra equalises on 15 minutes
  • Cho Tun misses golden chance to put Magwe back in front
  • Guerra scores second after the break
  • Guerra makes it three from the penalty spot

Match Summary

Magwe stunned the home fans when they snatched the lead mere minutes into the match, but JDT did not lose their cool.

Guerra equalised shortly after, and while Magwe had their chances in the first half to retake the lead, they could not convert, allowing the Argentine to make sure of the result with two more goals in the second half.

The result meant that despite Global FC winning their match against Boeung Ket, JDT’s haul of 13 points – which included victories against Global and Boeung Ket – was enough to take them through to the knockout stage as the best runners-up of the ASEAN zone.

Full Report

Magwe upset the apple cart in just the second minute when they caught the JDT defence napping with an early free kick.

The ball was swung into the box and unmarked defender Kyaw Swar Linn had the easiest of headers to give the visitors the shock early lead.

It didn’t take long for JDT to reply as Gabriel Guerra equalised with an absolute screamer in the 15th minute, skipping past a challenge before unleashing a cannonball past the helpless Magwe keeper.

Guerra then missed a great opportunity to give Johor the lead on 20 minutes, side footing over from inside the box when it looked easier to score.

Magwe came close to retaking the lead 10 minutes later when Cho Tun weaved his way into the box and fired narrowly over.

Cho Tun then missed an even better chance on 39 minutes after breaking down the left wing. He cut inside and beat the keeper only to clip the ball over the bar with the open goal at his mercy.

Hoping to defend the 1-1 score, Magwe set two banks of four after the break in an attempt to frustrate the JDT attackers.

But it was to no avail as the hosts took the lead in the 59th minute.

Safiq Rahim picked up Guerra’s run from wide and sent the cross in from the right, allowing the Argentine to double his tally with a smartly executed glancing header that found the bottom corner.

From that point on it was all JDT, although they would have to wait until the 78th minute to make the game safe.

Safiq was brought down inside the area by Swar Linn, and that man Guerra stepped up and converted from the spot to all but secure his side’s progression in the competition.