AFC Champions League

Brussels: AFC Asian Cup holders Japan claimed a notable European scalp on Tuesday when they came from a goal down to defeat fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Belgium 3-2 in an international friendly played in the Belgian capital.

Having rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with the Netherlands on Saturday the four-time Asian champions again found themselves playing catch-up after Romelu Lukaku rounded Japan keeper Eji Kawishima to give Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas the simplest of tap ins with 15 minutes at the King Baudouin Stadium played.

Yoichiro Kakitani headed Japan on level terms with eight minutes of the first-half left to play before Keisuke Honda turned the match in favour of the East Asians with a powerful drive eight minutes after the interval.

Shinji Okazaki added a third ten minutes later and while Toby Alderweireld reduced the deficit in the 79th minute Japan held out for an impressive win over a nation ranked number five in FIFA’s global list.

Photo: AFP

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ACL 2014: Top Goal Scorers for the Knock-Out Stage

POS PHOTO PLAYER COUNTRY TOTAL GOALS
1 ASAMOAH GYAN AL AIN (UAE) 7
2 NASSIR ALSHAMRANI AL HILAL (KSA) 6
3 VAGNER LOVE SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) 5
4 MEHDI SHARIFI FOOLAD MOBARAKEH SEPAHAN (IRN) 4
5 ABDELAZIZ BARRADA AL JAZIRA (UAE) 4

ACL: Match Reports

ACL (West) quarter-final second leg highlights
Wednesday August 27, 2014

Relive Tuesday's fascinating AFC Champions League quarter-final games, action which saw both Al Ain and Al Hilal progress to the semi-finals.

ACL: Match Previews

ACL QF (2nd leg) Preview: Western Sydney Wanderers
Tuesday August 26, 2014

Guangzhou: Coach Tony Popovic insists Western Sydney Wanderers will not "get cold feet" in Wednesday's AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg with defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande as the A-League side seek to defend a slender one-goal advantage at Tianhe Sport Centre.

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Former champions seek to overcome the odds
Sunday August 24, 2014

Former champions Al Sadd will seek to return to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League for only the second time in 12 years as the 2011 champions look to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Saudi giants Al Hilal in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg.

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