AFC Champions League Wrap: Pohang Steelers reach last 16

AFC Champions League Wrap: Pohang Steelers reach last 16

With one matchday still to play, K-League leaders Pohang progressed to the next stage of the competition with a 2-0 Group E win at Japan's Cerezo Osaka.

Lee Myung-Ju scored the opener in the 24th minute and their triumph was sealed when Kim Seung-Dae converted Son Joon-Ho's assist midway through the second half.

Pohang are guaranteed to top the pool after their latest win.

The other three Group E sides are all locked on five points after Buriram United of ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Wrap: Seoul claim dramatic late draw, Central Coast beat Beijing

AFC Champions League Wrap: Seoul claim dramatic late draw, Central Coast beat Beijing

The 2013 finalists looked to be heading for a second straight defeat to Sanfrecce when Hwang Seok-Ho put the visitors 2-1 up in the 70th minute.

However, Sanfrecce were reduced to 10 men two minutes from the end of normal time as defender Hiroki Mizumoto was shown a second yellow card for an off-the-ball incident in the area.

Seoul defender Osmar's effort from the resulting penalty was saved, but the hosts were awarded a second spot-kick in the fourth minute of injury ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Preview: Bunyodkor under pressure, Al Fateh chase breakthrough

AFC Champions League Preview: Bunyodkor under pressure, Al Fateh chase breakthrough

Mirjalol Qosimov's Bunyodkor – two-time semi-finalists – sit third in Group B with two points from their opening three games.

The Uzbek champions were eliminated in the round of 16 last year and desperately need a win at Foolad on Tuesday.

"The next match will be the most important for us," Qosimov said of the trip to Iran.

"If we lose or draw we will not have chance to qualify for the next stage."

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AFC Champions League Wrap: Yang ends Ulsan streak, Sanfrecce up and running

AFC Champions League Wrap: Yang ends Ulsan streak, Sanfrecce up and running

Ulsan were last denied victory on the continental stage in April 2012 against Brisbane Roar, with the South Koreans going on to clinch the title that year. 

And when Rafinha put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark on Wednesday, Ulsan looked set to extend their streak to 12 matches and make it nine points from their opening three games on their return to the competition this season. 

However, Yang headed home Sun Jihai's ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Wrap: Gyan at the double, Al Shabab edge seven-goal thriller

AFC Champions League Wrap: Gyan at the double, Al Shabab edge seven-goal thriller

Just three points separate the four sides in the group and Gyan's double ensured Al Ain's place at the summit as Sazi suffered their first defeat in this year's competition. 

The Ghanaian opened the scoring with 16 minutes gone, with Mohamed Abdulrahman doubling the advantage seven minutes before the break.

Milad Fakhreddini halved the deficit just four minutes later, but Gyan netted his second of the game and third of the group stage 17 minutes from time ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Preview: Guangzhou host Jeonbuk, Al Jazira travel to Esteghlal

AFC Champions League Preview: Guangzhou host Jeonbuk, Al Jazira travel to Esteghlal

Guangzhou and Jeonbuk both have four points each after picking up a win and a draw from the opening two games. 

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou side started their title defence in style by defeating Melbourne Victory 4-2 in their opener, before drawing 1-1 at J.League title-hopefuls Yokohama F. Marinos, with Italy international Alessandro Diamanti netting for the visitors.

The former Bologna man is the competition's top-scorer with three goals, while Brazilian duo ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Wrap: 'Lacklustre' Guangzhou held, Ulsan win again

AFC Champions League Wrap: 'Lacklustre' Guangzhou held, Ulsan win again

The holders were not at their best against the Japanese outfit as Alessandro Diamanti was required to again come up with the goods and ensure Lippi's side a share of the spoils.

Diamanti levelled things up after Jin Hanato had given Yokohama a 21st-minute lead, though neither side could find a winner in a game of few chances.

Guangzhou opened their Chinese Super League campaign with a 3-0 win over Henan Jianye at the weekend but they came unstuck against the Japanese, ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Wrap: Mariners overcome Sanfrecce, Seoul held

AFC Champions League Wrap: Mariners overcome Sanfrecce, Seoul held

The reigning J.League champions moved ahead on 21 minutes at the Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, thanks to Tsukasa Shiotani's strike.

That goal was followed by the Sanfrecce players paying homage to the victims of the 2011 Japan tsunami - with Tuesday marking the third anniversary of the disaster - by laying down to spell out 3-11, the date of the tragedy.

Sanfrecce were unable to build on the advantage, however, as Sterjovski levelled almost immediately from ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Preview: Evergrande face tricky trip

AFC Champions League Preview: Evergrande face tricky trip

Chinese Super League champions Evergrande opened their title defence in Asia with a 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory in Group G.

They followed it up with a 3-0 league win over Henan Jianye but a trip to Nissan Stadium shapes as a much tougher test.

With Italian star Alessandro Diamanti, who struck twice against the Victory, and the likes of Elkeson, Muriqui and Gao Lin in their ranks, Marcello Lippi's team will be hard to beat.

But they face a ... » Read more


AFC Champions League Wrap: Diamanti sparkles on Guangzhou debut

AFC Champions League Wrap: Diamanti sparkles on Guangzhou debut

The Italy international moved to the Chinese Super League champions earlier this month, after spending much of his career in his homeland, but he took no time to adapt to football in Asia. 

His debut did not get off to the ideal start, with Pablo Contreras and Leigh Broxham handing the Australian side into a two-goal lead at the break. 

However, after Huang Bowen had pulled a goal back, Diamanti registered his first for his new club to level after 65 minutes ... » Read more