Group G: Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN) 2-4 Incheon United (KOR)
Yokohama: Second half substitute Hernandez turned the game in Incheon United’s favour on Tuesday as the Brazilian came off the bench to score twice in the final 15 minutes and earn the AFC Champions League™ debutants a 4-2 Group G win over hosts Yokohama F Marinos.
Hernandez, introduced from the bench in the 61st minute for Stefan Mugosa, left Kevin Muscat’s J1 League champions in tatters with a performance that split the teams after they had shared four goals in a frantic first half.
Group G: Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI) 1-3 Shandong Taishan FC (CHN)
Manila: Moises Lima Magalhaes, Matheus Pato and Crysan were on target as China PR’s Shandong Taishan FC were made to work hard by Kaya FC-Iloilo of the Philippines for a 3-1 victory that helped them begin their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 campaign in Group G on a winning note on Tuesday.
Kaya, only making their second appearance in the tournament, did well to keep Shandong goalless for more than an hour at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and will take plenty of positives from the tie, having also scored through Jarvey Gayoso late in the second half.
Group I: Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS) 0-1 Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)
Johor Bahru: Marcinho’s spectacular overhead kick on the stroke of halftime earned Kawasaki Frontale a 1-0 win over Johor Darul Ta’zim as the J1 League side took all three points in the Group I clash in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Tuesday.
Toru Oniki’s team put their indifferent domestic form behind them to secure the win with a professional display as the four-time Japanese champions handed Malaysia’s JDT a rare defeat at their Sultan Ibrahim Stadium stronghold.
Group I: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR) 3-1 BG Pathum United (THA)
Ulsan: Martin Adam’s hat-trick saw Korea Republic champions Ulsan Hyundai kick off their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 campaign in Group I with a 3-1 win against BG Pathum United of Thailand at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium on Tuesday.
Ulsan took the lead through Adam in the 28th minute only for the visitors to equalise through Ryhan Stewart before the break. But, the 28-year-old Hungarian striker added two more in the second half to give the two-time Asian champions a winning start.
Qualifiers Round 2 - Group A: Korea Republic 8-0 India; Thailand 6-0 IR Iran
Buriram: Korea Republic kickstarted their quest for a place in the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024 with an 8-0 win over India in their Qualifiers Round 2 Group A tie at Buriram City Stadium on Tuesday.
Thailand were equally impressive as an exciting attacking display earned them a 6-0 win over Islamic Republic of Iran.