Analysis: Brazilians star as Group H goes to the wire
Kawasaki: Kawasaki Frontale and Shanghai SIPG played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Tuesday with the share of the spoils meaning Group H will be decided after the last round of fixtures in two weeks’ time.
One of the games of the tournament so far witnessed some excellent attacking play as honours ended even and the fate of the sides remained in the balance.
Beijing: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ coach Jose Morais was delighted his team picked up a win over Beijing FC that not only saw his side advance to the knockout rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League but emerge with no injury worries after a gruelling clash at the Workers’ Stadium on Tuesday.
Kim Shin-wook scored the only goal of a demanding game as Jeonbuk collected all three points to guarantee themselves top spot in Group G with one round of matches remaining in the group phase.
And the fact the K League leaders were able to come out of the game unscathed encouraged the Portuguese coach, despite seeing his side miss a number of chances to put the result beyond doubt.
Buriram: Oswaldo Oliveira hailed his Urawa Red Diamonds side after the two-time champions kept their hopes of a place in the knockout rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League alive with a 2-1 win over Buriram United on Tuesday.
Urawa, winners in 2007 and 2017, picked up all three points to move level on seven points with Beijing FC in Group G, with the two teams due to face off at Saitama Stadium 2002 in a winner-takes-all Matchday Six showdown.
Shinzo Koroki and Yuki Muto scored either side of Pedro Junior’s equaliser for Buriram United and Urawa will now battle Beijing for second place in the standings after Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors sealed top spot in the group.
Kawasaki: Two goals from Shanghai SIPG's Brazilian star Hulk kept the Chinese Super League side in the driving seat for a place in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16, after a 2-2 draw away at Japan's Kawasaki Frontale on Tuesday.
Having gone three games without a goal in the 2019 AFC Champions League, powerful forward Hulk roared back into form at the perfect moment for Shanghai SIPG with a fine brace to keep their destiny in their hands going into the final Group H tie on May 21.
Defeat to hosts Kawasaki would have seen the Chinese club needing to rely not only on three points from the Matchday Six tie away at group winners Ulsan Hyundai, but also results to go their way in the match between Sydney FC and Kawasaki in Australia.
Ulsan's Diskerud credits Kim In-sung for cheeky goal
Ulsan: Mix Diskerud claimed the headlines with his backheel winner as Ulsan Hyundai saw off Sydney FC to secure pole position in Group H of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday, but Kim In-sung made sure his involvement was recognised as the K League side advanced to the knockout rounds.
It was Kim who rolled the deflected pass into Diskerud’s path that allowed the striker to nonchalantly knock his effort past Andrew Redmayne to earn all three points from a tight encounter with the A-League side.
And while Diskerud earned the plaudits, he was left in doubt by his teammate was due some of the credit for his goal.
Group H: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR) 1-0 Sydney FC (AUS)
Ulsan: Mix Diskerud’s cheeky backheel earned Ulsan Hyundai a narrow 1-0 win over Sydney FC on Tuesday that ensured the 2012 champions will progress to the knockout rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League from Group H.
The three points earned from Ulsan’s third win of the group phase mean Kim Do-hoon’s side cannot finish outside the top two places and they will advance to the Round of 16, while Sydney FC crash out.
Diskerud’s goal came 14 minutes into an even second half when the United States international’s quick thinking allowed him to score after the ball had been deflected into his path in the penalty area, and his improvised finish gave Andrew Redmayne no chance in the Sydney goal.
Group H: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 2-2 Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN)
Kawasaki: Kawasaki Frontale’s 2019 AFC Champions League Group H campaign hangs in a delicate balance after the two-time defending J.League champions drew 2-2 with Shanghai SIPG at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium on Tuesday.
Hulk struck either side of half-time to deny the Japanese the win with Leandro Damiao and Shogo Taniguchi scoring for Kawasaki, who remained stuck in third place in Group H behind leaders Ulsan Hyundai and Shanghai.