Preview - Group G: Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) v Beijing FC (CHN)
Saitama: Qualification for the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout rounds is on the line when Urawa Red Diamonds host Beijing FC at Saitama Stadium on Tuesday.
With the sides currently locked on seven points apiece in Group G, Urawa sit just above Beijing by virtue of goal difference and would advance with a win or a goalless draw, after the first meeting between the pair ended 0-0 on Matchday Two.
But, in a group that looks likely to be decided by fine margins, the visitors would seal the second qualification berth – behind group winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – should they manage a score draw or better in Japan.
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Yuki Muto scored the winner as 2017 champions Urawa defeated Buriram United 2-1 a fortnight ago to move level on points with Beijing, who suffered a 1-0 home loss to Jeonbuk.
The hosts lost their third consecutive match in the J.League at the weekend, though, as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Shonan Bellmare to slip to 10th in the standings in what is turning into a disappointing domestic campaign.
In contrast, Beijing’s Chinese Super League season is nothing short of perfect, with their 2-1 win over Tianjin Tianhai on Friday making it 10 wins from 10 and extending their lead at the top of the table to five points. They are, however, without the suspended Li Lei, who serves a one-match ban.
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