JOHOR BARU: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) made an unexpected victory against defending champions Kashima Antlers beating them 1-0 in the AFC Champions League.
The unexpected victory at home (Larkin Stadium) also rekindled their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Despite the win, JDT remained bottom of Group E with four points but they still have a mathematical chance of advancing to the last 16.
China’s Shandong Luneng top the table with 11 points, Kashima are second with seven points and Gyeongnam of South Korea are third with five points.
The Super League champions will qualify if they win their final match against Gyeongnam and Shandong beat Kashima on May 22.
Mora also praised his young goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi, who made his third start in the competition ahead of first-choice custodian Farizal Marlias. Match winner Syafiq stunned the Japanese in the 69th minute for the Southern Tigers’ first win in the tournament.