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China get the better of Japan in third ACL match day

2017-03-17 16:25:00, Views: 117, ClubCall

China get the better of Japan in third ACL match day

All three Chinese representatives faced Japanese opposition this week as they threaten to dominate the group stages.

Yu Kobayashi's 94th-minute penalty salvaged a point for Kawasaki Frontale on their visit to the intimidating Tianhe Stadium. It also robbed China's three ACL competitors of a clean sweep against Japanese sides this week.



Guangzhou Evergrande, who had only failed to win seven of their last 25 home Champions League fixtures, let slip their lead given to them by prolific Brazilian striker Alan after a series of warning shots from the visitors, who dominated possession.



Evergrande's draw sees Group G tighten up to an unusually uncomfortable degree for Luiz Scolari's side, just two points from an early exit and joint on points at the top with Suwon Bluewings of Korea.



The Brazilian manager said: "Kawasaki controlled the game but we should have controlled our own chances. We didn't nail down early qualification from the group even though the chances we created were double the number of theirs. It is truly a pity."



Scolari's plight sits in stark contrast to the three wins in three dished out by both of their fellow CSL sides Jiangsu Suning and Shanghai SIPG, who both look set for an easy ride to the knockout rounds sitting top of Groups F and H.



The tables in this year's competition do not tell the whole story, however, with five of Chinese sides' seven ACL victories this season coming by just a single goal. Andre Villas Boas' survived a late Urawa Reds fightback for his Shanghai SIPG side to continue their perfect start with a 3-2 win.



Ramires' first-half winner for Jiangsu in Japan at Gamba Osaka means his two match-winning goals in the competition have accrued his manager Choi Yong-soo six points already this term.



Yong-soo told ESPN: "We've never qualified from the Asian Champions League group stages before. Today we moved one more step forward in that direction, however our team hasn't reached its peak."



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