Kashima in vital ACL win over Sydney
Takuya Nozawa scored a critical late goal as Kashima Antlers
beat Sydney 2-1 on Tuesday, boosting the Japanese club’s chances of
finishing top of its Asian Champions League group.
Kashima trailed at halftime but second-half goals from young
striker Yuya Osako and then long-serving midfielder Nozawa in the
85th minute moved the Antlers temporarily top of Group H, with top
spot ensuring home advantage in the sudden-death round of 16.
South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings must win away at the
already-eliminated Shanghai Shenhua later Tuesday if it is to
reclaim first place; a draw or loss would see Kashima finish
Also Tuesday, South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors thrashed Indonesia’s
Arema 6-0 to ensure it finishes on top of Group G.