Urawa Reds return to winners circle in ACL
The former champions Urawa Reds scored three second-half goals
in a 4-1 Group F win over Thailand’s Muangthong United on Tuesday
to register their first victory in the Asian Champions League since
2008 while tournament newcomer Tractorsazi of Iran remained
undefeated after a 3-3 draw with Qatar’s El Jaish.
Yosuke Kashiwagi opened the scoring for the 2007 champions in
the eighth minute and Urawa got an added advantage when Muangthong
defender Piyaphon Buntao was sent off after collecting his second
yellow card, leaving the visitors with 10 men for the last
Kunimitsu Sekiguchi doubled the lead in the 64th minute with a
shot from the left side before a header from Genki Haraguchi and an
own goal from Thritthi Nonsrichai extended Urawa’s lead to 4-0.
Siaka Dagno scored a late consolation goal for the Thai
In the other Group F match, striker Muriqui scored a 64th-minute
equalizer for Chinese Super League champion Guangzhou Evergrande to
secure a 1-1 draw with Jeonbuk Motos of South Korea.
Marcello Lippi’s Guangzhou squad, which opened with a 3-0 win
over Urawa Reds two weeks ago, leads the group with four
There were two 0-0 draws in Group E, with China’s Jiangsu Sainty
holding J-League club Vegalta Sendai scoreless and Buriram United
and K-League champion FC Seoul maintaining their unbeaten starts
with a scoreless draw in Thailand.
Seoul opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Jiangsu Sainty
two weeks ago, but was unable to find a breakthrough at
”We are not disappointed with the draw. We are very tired but
satisfied with the result as this is a very tough away fixture, FC
Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo said.
Tractorsazi substitute Geilson scored in stoppage time to earn a
draw against El Jaish that kept the Iranian side top of Group
Flavio Paixao gave the Iranians a 24th minute lead, only for
Wagner Ribeiro to equalize in the 35th with the first of his two
goals. Five minutes after the restart, Mehdi Seyed Salehi restored
Tractorsazi’s lead, which lasted until the 67th when Adriano
slotted home a penalty. El Jaish looked set for an unlikely victory
when Ribeiro scored in the 87th with a well-taken, left-footed
effort, but Geilson’s late header made it all-square.
In the other Group A encounter, the United Arab Emirates club Al
Jazira earned its first point of the competition with a 1-1 draw
with Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab.
The Saudi club opened the scoring a minute before halftime, when
Argentine striker Sebastian Tagliabue picked out onrushing defender
Hassan Fallatah, who swept the ball into the corner of the net.
But five minutes before the hour mark, Al Jazira equalized
courtesy of a 40-yard (meter) strike from Khamis Esmaeel whose
long-distance ball deceived Al Shabab’s keeper Waleed Abdullah.
Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor remained top of Group B after edging the
United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab 1-0. Pakhtakor’s Jamshid
Isakanderov scored five minutes from time to give the Uzbek
champion its second win in a row in the competition.
In the other Group B match, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ettifaq and
Qatar’s Lekhwiya played to a scoreless draw.