Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Benjamin Mora has spoken out following his side’s controversial exit from the AFC Cup on Wednesday.
JDT looked sure of a place in the AFC Cup Zonal Finals, but a 94th minute penalty would hand rivals Ceres the advantage, and Fernando Rodriguez converted the penalty that changed JDT’s fortunes.
Aidil Zafuan foul on Rodriguez looked rather soft at first and was way off the ball. Mora did not have much to say about the legitimisation of the referee Fu Ming’s decision.
“It was a penalty because the referee said it was a penalty,” the Mexican told goal.com.
“I’m very sad because I want a victory of course. These kind of games when you lose in the minute 94 for any reason, it hurts a lot because you have the game almost there.
“We JDT invest a lot of money in this team. Our boss invest a lot of time and passion to fight in this competition. We came here with our face lifted, chest up and fighting like warriors. I know that if we play like this, all game will always be won.”
Other than losing the tie at the death, Mora was happy with they his charges handled themselves.
“We played very good game defensively,” he added.
“We are not a defensive team but we defended very well. Ceres is a very good team with good individuals. They fight and we fought today also. It was a good game for both.”
JDT will now switch their focus to the domestic Super League and the Malaysian Cup.