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.
Group G: Beijing FC (CHN) 0-1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Beijing: Kim Shin-wook's first half strike secured Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors a spot in the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage after the Korean champions beat Beijing FC 1-0 on Tuesday.
The result leaves Beijing needing to win against Urawa Red Diamonds on Matchday Six to be certain of joining the club from Korea Republic in the next round of the competition.
Jeonbuk will face the runners-up in Group H – either Shanghai SIPG or Kawasaki Frontale – in the next phase of the competition as they progress to the knockout rounds for the 11th time in 12 appearances in the AFC Champions League.
Group G: Buriram United (THA) 1-2 Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Buriram: Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds remain in contention for a spot in the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout rounds after beating Buriram United of Thailand 2-1 in a Matchday Five Group G tie on Tuesday.
The two-time champions moved on to seven points from their first five games and will take on Beijing FC at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in two weeks’ time, needing a win to advance to the last 16 after goals from Shinzo Koroki and Yuki Muto earned Urawa the points at the Buriram Stadium.
Johor Baru: Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) full-back La'Vere Corbin-Ong insists that the Malaysians are not in the AFC Champions League to merely make up the numbers, ahead of Wednesday's Matchday Five clash with holders Kashima Antlers.
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.
Jinan: Gyeongnam FC midfielder Jordon Mutch has highlighted the danger posed by Shandong Luneng’s prolific forward Graziano Pelle as the sides prepare to face off in Group E of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
After joining the Korea Republic side in February, Englishman Mutch made his AFC Champions League debut in the reverse fixture in a game that saw Italian striker Pelle, who now has six goals to his name, net twice in a 2-2 draw.
Gyeongnam then picked up one point from their next two games, with Mutch scoring in defeat to defending champions Kashima Antlers on Matchday Three, before he set up Takahiro Kunimoto’s goal as the K League team claimed a famous 1-0 victory over the holders two weeks ago.