KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Darul Ta'zim edged closer to the next stage of the AFC Cup but Felda United stood on the verge of elimination after contrasting results on Wednesday.
While Darul Ta'zim strolled to a 3-0 win over Cambodia's Boeungket Angkor in Phnom Penh, Felda went down 3-1 to Tampines Rovers of Singapore in Jengka.
Starting with an all-local lineup, 2015 AFC Cup champions Darul Ta'zim stayed second in Group F, two points behind Global Cebu of the Philippines who won 4-2 against Magwe in Yangon.
Safawi Rasid opened the scoring for Darul Ta'zim in the eighth minute before Nazmi Faiz Mansor made it 2-0 with an exquisite lob midway through the first half.
Azamuddin Akil saw a penalty saved just before half-time before substitute Gabriel Guerra put a seal on the match with the third goal in stoppage-time.
Felda slumped to the bottom of Group G after suffering a second defeat in the competition against Tampines.
The visitors went ahead after a mistake by defender Mootaz Al Jounaidi allowed Ivan Dzoni to score but Norshahrul Idlan Talaha equalised six minutes after the break from the tightest of angles.
But Khairul Amri Kamal then netted twice in the space of five minutes to put the match beyond Felda, who will need a favourable sequence of results on May 3 in the final round of the group stage to advance as the best group runners-up in the Asean zone.