Johor Darul Ta'zim cruise to 4-0 AFC Cup win over Philippines' Global FC
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) regained top spot in Group F of the AFC Cup after they condemned Philippines' Global FC to a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday.
Mahalli Jasuli and Safiq Rahim struck two quick goals for the host in the first half, before Brian Ferreira and Marcos Antonio completed the win late on to seal victory.
JDT were a thorn in Global's defence from the fifth minute. Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, who has started almost every game this season drew a brilliant smothering save from goalkeeper Patrick Deyto after he was played through by an exquisite directed pass from Gonzalo Cabrera. Hazwan came inches wide from the following corner in the sixth minute, flicking Safiq Rahim's fizzed effort just past the far post.
Cabrera orchestrated another opening for Hazwan 10 minutes later, but again Deyto came to the visitors rescue with a save.
JDT's dominance paid off on the half hour mark after a moment of brilliance from Mahalli, who found space between two men to curl a deft finish into the bottom corner.
Three minutes later, Safiq doubled the host's advantage from the penalty spot after Hazwan went down from a Amani Aguinaldo challenge.
Global, who had led the group prior to this game needed a big second half to take home a result from the Larkin Stadium.
The Philippines champions came out with more life in the second half, keeping the visitors stretched in defence as Dos Santos saw his effort cleared off the line in the 52nd minute.
But Guerra almost confirmed victory in the 70th minute with a free header, and it was left to Deyto to keep Global alive in the contest.
The visitors came close in quick sessions soon after, Aguinaldo seeing an effort saved by Izham Tarmizi, before Hikaru Vinegishi lashed wide from outside the box.
Izham produced his biggest save of the night to dent Shu Sasaki from close range as Gpobal tried desperately to reduce the deficit.
But Ferreira confirmed the win by stroking home past Deyto four minutes from time, before Marcos Antonio buried a header into the far corner at the death to confirm JDT's supremacy.
Nicolas Anil is a former Malay Mail and Goal.com Malaysia editor/writer who appears on BFM Radio as a football analyst. Twitter: @nicolas_anil.