Kaya exits AFC Cup after loss to JDT

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After an impressive run, Kaya FC was handed a 7-2 beating by defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim FC of Malaysia in their meeting in the knockout phase of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at the Stadium Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Yunos Stadium, Malaysia late Wednesday evening.

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The Malaysian club quickly took the lead in the initial minutes of the game with Argentine striker Juan Lucero scoring his first goal in the 14th minute.

Kaya tightened their defense but were unlucky as Alfred Osei was caught with a foul inside the box giving JDT a chance to extend their advantage from the penalty spot.

Another South American standout, forward Jose Diaz scored off a penalty kick in the 23rd minute to give his crew a 2-0 edge.

Johor Darul Ta’zim’s Malaysian midfielder Azammuddin Akil scored two consecutive goals in the 33rd and 40th minutes before the break.

At the start of the second half, Kaya’s OJ Porteria posted a goal in the 53rd minute to cut down the deficit to just three goals.

But JDT, in the 54th minute, swiftly responded with Lucero’s second goal coming off a counter-attack to beef up their lead over Kaya, 5-1.

Substitute Mahalli Bin Jasuli, who came in during the 58th minute, also made his mark in the heated affair by scoring a goal in the 69th minute.

Just a minute later, Lucero completed his hat trick against Kaya.

Anton Ugarte struck the second goal for Kaya FC during the 88th minute off a well-timed pass from Porteria but their foes were still five goals ahead at the end of regulation.

Kaya registered a total of three wins, a loss and three defeats in their debut tour in the AFC Cup.

Ceres La Salle FC, the other Philippine team in the AFC Cup, was also kicked out of contention after a slim 0-1 loss to South China AA of Hong Kong on Tuesday.

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