Beijing: Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach Hajime Moriyasu praised the determination of his side and the game-changing performance of substitute Kohei Shimizu that helped his the J-League champions come back from two goals down to share a 2-2 draw with Beijing Guoan in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Osaka: Coach Hwang Sun-hong cited his Pohang Steeler side’s ability to nullify Cerezo Osaka’s dangerous forward line as the key to their 2-0 away victory over the J-League side in the AFC Champions League that put the Korean champions into the Round of 16 as Group E winners.
Buriram: Former quarter-finalist Buriram United kept alive their hopes of progress in the AFC Champions League as Kai Hirano’s first half header secured a vital 1-0 win for the Thai treble winners over China’s Shandong Luneng on Wednesday.
Beijing: A vital cameo from substitute Kohei Shimizu helped salvage a point for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as the J-League champions came back from two goals down to share a 2-2 draw with China’s Beijing Guoan in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Osaka: Three-time Asian champions Pohang Steelers secured their place in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2010 after goals by Lee Myung-joo and Kim Seung-dae gave the Korean champions a 2-0 victory over 10-man Japanese side Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday.
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Mekkah: Al Ittihad coach Khalid Al Koroni expressed his delight after two-time winners Al Ittihad joined Al Ain in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a 2-0 win over 10-man Iranian side Tractorsazi Tabriz on Tuesday.
Riyadh: Home team Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia come into Wednesday night’s Group A fixture against Iran’s Esteghlal at the top of the group and riding high from their King’s Cup quarter-final win over fellow AFC Champions league side Al Hilal last Friday.