Darul Ta’zim need to win for cer­tain en­try into semis

New Straits Times - - Sport -

EX­PECT ex­cite­ment in the fi­nal round of group matches in the AFC Cup to­day.

A win for Darul Ta’zim over Magwe of Myan­mar in a Group F match at Larkin Sta­dium will likely be enough for them to reach the zonal semi-fi­nals as the best run­ners-up team.

Global of the Philip­pines, who play Boe­ungket Angkor of Cam­bo­dia, lead the group with 12 points, two more than Darul Ta’zim.

As there are only three teams in Group H, the rank­ing for the run­ners-up spot for the zonal semi­fi­nal spot will be based only on the sec­ond place team’s re­sults against the cham­pi­ons and the third place club.

Only the cham­pi­ons of Group F, G and H earn au­to­matic berths for the zonal semi-fi­nals with the best run­ner-up team tak­ing up the other avail­able slot.

While Darul Ta’zim need Global to slip up to se­cure first place, they go into their match to­day knowing that a win will still be enough to see them progress as the best run­ners-up, hav­ing taken nine points out of 12 in their games against the Filipino side and Beoungket.

As­sis­tant coach Is­mail Ibrahim said his team can­not af­ford a slipup to­day.

“The for­mat is dif­fer­ent this sea­son. We will field our best play­ers and try to record a win. How­ever, our win will not be taken into ac­count as Magwe will fin­ish last in the group,” said Is­mail yes­ter­day.

“Amir­ul­hadi Zainal is sus­pended while Ar­gen­tines Gabriel Guerra and Brian Fereirra are tired. De­fender Fadhli Shas is also car­ry­ing a mi­nor in­jury.”

Is­mail said Magwe can­not be taken lightly as they de­pend on long balls to score goals.

“Magwe are here with­out pres­sure as they are al­ready out of the run­ning for a spot in the semi­fi­nals. We can­not af­ford mis­takes to­mor­row,” Is­mail added.

Magwe coach Zaw Win Tun is ex­pected to reshuf­fle his line-up fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sions of Htoo Htoo Aung and Maung Maung Soe.

“We are here to play foot­ball and we are de­ter­mined to earn some­thing. Both teams drew 1-1 in the first round in Yan­gon and I hope we can do it again,” said Win Tun.

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