Kashiwa: Japan’s Emperor Cup winner and AFC Champions League 2013 contenders Kashiwa Reysol’s appalling domestic campaign continued after they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss at home against Omiya Ardija in the J.League on Friday.
Playing in three days after holding Chinese side Guizhou Renhe at their home ground, Reysol were put under pressure from the beginning as they conceded the first goal in the 19th minute to Milivoje Novakovic who later converted a penalty in the 55th minute after Shohei Takahashi made it 2-0 at the stroke of halftime.
Unbeaten in the continent and already securing a place in the Round of 16 after topping Group H with a match to spare, Reysol are a team to beat in the ACL but they are struggling at the 11th place in the J.League with 10 pints from eight matches.
Korea Republic’s attacker Cho Young-cheol wrapped up the huge win for Omiya in the 63rd minute. Kashiwa will take on Central Coast Mariners in the last match day of the group stages. It’s an academic contest for the Japanese while a defeat for the Australians combined with Guizhou’s win over already eliminated Suwon Bluewings will effectively see the Chinese through in the knockout stages.