Al Shabab, Kashiwa draw in Asian Champions League
Fernando Menegazzo scored late in the first half Wednesday as
Saudi club Al Shabab earned a 1-1 draw with Japanese side Kashiwa
Reysol in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals.
Japan international Masato Kudo put Reysol in front midway
through the first half when he picked up a loose ball and scored
from close range for his sixth goal of the competition.
Al Shabab equalized a minute before the break when Menegazzo
volleyed into the top corner from 12 meters (yards).
The Saudis came close to sealing the win when Macnelly Torres
hit the crossbar in the final minutes.
”I’d like to praise our players because they did a great job in
our first official game of the season,” Al Shabab coach Michel
Preud’Homme said. ”We didn’t start well, but after we gave away
the goal we responded very well and we created lots of chances,
probably more than Kashiwa so in that sense we could have won the
Al Shabab hosts the second leg in Riyadh on Sept. 18.
In Guangzhou, Dario Conca and Elkeson scored second-half goals
to lead Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to a 2-0 win over Qatari
With 18 minutes remaining, Conca calmly beat goalkeeper Claude
Amine from the penalty spot after the Argentine had been upended
inside the area.
Elkeson, making his ACL debut, beat Amine four minutes later
with a low strike. The Brazilian scored 20 goals in 21 Chinese
Super League appearances this season.
The second leg is in Doha on Sept. 18.
Elsewhere, substitute Sultan Al Sawadi scored a late equalizer
for Al Ahli as the Saudi club salvaged a 1-1 draw against K-League
champions FC Seoul while Khosro Heydari scored just 90 seconds into
the game to give Iranian champions Esteghlal a 1-0 win over
Thailand’s Buriram United in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal.