Sunday, March 19, 2017

MLS: Sounders Top Red Bulls At Home For First Win Of Season

At Seattle:

In the lone Sunday Major League Soccer contest, Clint Dempsey (PK-28'), Jordan Morris (66'), and Harry Shipp (79') each scored once as the Seattle Sounders gained their first win of the season, 3-1 at home over the New York Red Bulls.



MLS STANDINGS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Atlanta United FC (GP: 3; GD: +8; PTS: 6)
2.   Orlando City SC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3.   New York Red Bulls (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 6)
4.   Toronto FC (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 5)
5.   New York City FC (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 4)
6.   Columbus (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 4)
7.   Chicago (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
8.   Montreal (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)
9.   Philadelphia (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)
10. DC United (GP: 3; GD: -6; PTS: 1)

NOTES:  With Atlanta United, Orlando City, and the New York Red Bulls level on points (6) and wins (2), the ATL have the best goal differential of the three clubs (+8, compared to +2 for the Lions and 0 for the Red Bulls); with New York City, Columbus, and Chicago level on points (4) and wins (one each), the Citizens have the best goal differential of the three clubs (+3, compared to the Crew's 0 and Fire's -2); with Montreal and Philadelphia level on points (2), wins (0), goal differential (-1), and goals scored (3), the Impact have fewer disciplinary points than the Union.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.   Portland (GP: 3; GD: +7; PTS: 9)
2.   FC Dallas (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3.   Houston (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 6)
4.   San Jose (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 6)
5.   Kansas City (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
6.   Seattle (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
7.   Colorado (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 4)
8.   Los Angeles (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
9.   Vancouver (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS; 1)
10. Real Salt Lake (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)
11. Minnesota United FC (GP: 3; GD: -9; PTS; 1)

NOTES: With Houston and San Jose level on points (6), wins (2), and goal differential (+1), the Dynamo have scored more goals than the Earthquakes (7-5); with Seattle and Colorado level on points (4) and wins (1), the Sounders have the superior goal differential (+1, to the Rapids' 0); with Vancouver, Real Salt Lake, and Minnesota United level on points (1) and wins (0), both the Whitecaps and RSL have superior goal differential (-3) to the Loons' -9; Vancouver have scored more goals than Real Salt Lake (2-1).

CAF Champions League: First Round Ends

Nine games were contested on Sunday as the first round of the CAF Champions League concluded.

At Abidjan, Ivory Coast:

Etoile du Sahel defeated AS Tanda 2-1 on the road in game two as the Tunisian club won their series 5-1 on aggregate.

At Conakry, Guinea:

Despite dropping a 2-1 game-two road decision to Horoya, Tunisia's Esperance de Tunis still won their series 4-3 on aggregate.

At Monrovia, Liberia:

After Barrack Young Controllers blanked visiting Ferroviario Beira 2-0 in regulation in game two to square their two-game series at 2-2 on aggregate, and with overtime dispensed with, the visiting club from Mozambique won the penalty-kick shootout 4-1 to advance to the group stage.

At Enugu, Nigeria:

Despite dropping a 2-1 game-two road decision to Enugu Rangers, Zamalek won their series with the Nigerian club 5-3 on aggregate.

At Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

AS Vita Club blanked the visiting Gambia Ports Authority 2-0 in game two and closed out their series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Johannesburg, South Africa:

A 0-0 game-two road draw with Bidvest Wits enabled Al-Ahly to win their two-game series 1-0 on aggregate.

At Harare, Zimbabwe:

A 0-0 game two at home with TP Mazembe enabled CAPS United, with the aggregate score at 1-1, to knock out the Congolese (DRC) club on away goals and advance to the group stage.

At Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Saint George blanked visiting AC Leopards 2-0 in game two and ousted the Congolese (ROC) club 3-0 on aggregate.

At Curepipe, Mauritius:

A 2-2 road draw in game two against AS Port-Louis 2000 was good enough for Al-Hilal as the Sudanese club won their series 5-2 on aggregate.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CAF Champions League

The first round of the CAF Champions League resumed on Saturday with seven games.

At Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso:

Despite dropping a 1-0 game-two road decision to Rail Club du Kadiogo, Algeria's USM Alger still won their series 2-1 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage.

At Omdurman, Sudan:

In their best Barcelona vs. PSG fashion, Al-Merrikh overcame their series-opening 3-0 road defeat with a 4-0 home demolition of Rivers United in game two and upended the Nigerian club 4-3 on aggregate.

At Rabat, Morocco:

Despite dropping a 3-1 game-two road decision to FUS Rabat, Al-Ahli Tripoli, with the aggregate score at 3-3, advanced to the group stage on away goals.

At Kampala, Uganda:

A 1-1 road draw in game two against the Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club lifted Mamelodi Sundowns to a 3-2 series victory on aggregate.  Anthony Laffor scored for the South African club in the 81st minute to secure Sundowns passage to the group stage.

At Liberville, Gabon:

After FC Mounana gained a 1-0 home decision in game two against Wydad Casablanca which squared the series at 1-1 on aggregate, and with overtime dispensed with, the Moroccan club won the penalty-kick shootout 5-4 to advance to the group stage.

At Lusaka, Zambia:

Despite being held to a 0-0 game-two home stalemate by Tanzania's Young Africans, Zanaco, with the aggregate score at 1-1, advanced on away goals.

At Antananarivo, Madagascar:

A 1-1 game-two road draw with CNaPS Sport in game two enabled Cameroon's Coton Sport to win their series 2-1 on aggregate.

MLS: ATL United, TFC, Crew, Lions, SKC, Hoops, Galaxy, Timbers Grab Saturday Wins; Citizens And Impact Draw In The Bronx; Road Draw With Rapids Land First Point For Loons

Ten games were on the Major League Soccer docket for Saturday.

At New York:

Dominic Oduro's equalizer in the 68th minute lifted the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 road draw with New York City.  Rodney Wallace scored for the Citizens in the 44th minute.

At Atlanta:

Josef Martinez scored twice (60', 82') as Atlanta United demolished the visiting Chicago Fire 4-0.

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Victor Vazquez (76') and Jozy Altidore (80') each scored twice late in the game as Toronto FC blanked the ten-man Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on the road.

At Washington:

Successfully-converted penalty kicks from Federico Higuain (38') and Ola Kamara (66') propelled the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 road blanking of struggling DC United.

At Orlando, Florida:

Cyle Larin scored twice (39', 73') as Orlando City defeated the visiting Philadelphia Union 2-1.

At Frisco, Texas:

Maximiliano Urruti scored twice (71', 77') as FC Dallas came from behind to upend the visiting New England Revolution 2-1.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Benny Feilhaber (37') and David Bingham (OG-89') provided the scoring that carried Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Kevin Molino (PK-50') and Christian Ramirez (58') each scored once as Minnesota United collected their first MLS point by gaining a 2-2 road draw with the Colorado Rapids.  Dominique Badji (17') and Marlon Hairston (59') each scored once for the hosts.

At Sandy, Utah:

Dave Romney (69') and Emmanuel Boateng (74') each scored a second-half goal five minutes apart as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated ten-man Real Salt Lake 2-1 on the road.

At Portland, Oregon:

Diego Valeri scored twice (PK-11', 58') while David Guzman (66') and Fanendo Adi (88') each added a tally as the Portland Timbers overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit by overcoming the visiting Houston Dynamo 2-1 to start the season with three straight wins.

OFC Champions League: Group Stage Concludes

Four games were played on Saturday as group-stage play in the OFC Champions League came to a close.

GROUP C:

Both games were played at Mangere Centre Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the opener, Benjamin Totori scored the winning goal in the 65th minute as Western United (Solomon Islands) defeated Lae City Dwellers (Papua New Guinea) 5-3 in the tournament finale for both squads.

In the nightcap, Ryan De Vries delivered a quadruple (7', 45', 68', 76') while Joao Moreira added a hat trick (41', 53', 59') and Micah Lea'alafa a double (31', 33') as Auckland City, which had already locked up the Group C title and a berth in the semifinal round, nuked Vanuatu's Malampa Revivors 11-0.

Final Group C Standings:

1. Auckland City (GP: 3; GD: +14; PTS: 9)
2. Western United (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. Lae City Dwellers (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Malampa Revivors (GP: 3; GD: -15; PTS: 0)

Auckland City won Group C and advanced to the semifinal round.



GROUP D:

Both games were contested at Pater Stadium in Pirae, Tahiti.

In the opener, Iosefo Verevou scored the winning goal in the 31st minute as Rewa from Fuji defeated Eraktor Golden Star 2-1, knocking the club from Vanuatu out of the tournament.

In the nightcap, Jonathan Tehau (23') and Michael Boso (OG-39') each scored a goal as Tahiti's AS Tefana gained a 1-1 draw with the Marist Fire to lock up the Group D title and a berth in the semifinals.  Guilherme Guedes scored twice (44', PK-90') for club from the Solomon Islands who came back from two goals down for the draw but still lost out on advancing to the semifinal round.

Final Group D Standings:

1. AS Tefana (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 7)
2. Marist Fire (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Eraktor Golden Star (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Rewa FC (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS; 3)

AS Tefana won Group D and advanced to the semifinal round.

The semifinal round, which is to consist of two two-game total-goals series, is set to open on April 8, with the return contests on April 15.

A draw will determine the semifinal matchups.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Copa Libertadores: Thursday Wins For Santos, Santa Fe, Penarol, Lanus

Copa Libertadores group-stage play continued on Tuesday with four games.

GROUP TWO:

At Bogota, Colombia:

Jonathan David Gomez scored twice (77', 90'+1) as Independiente Santa Fe dominated visiting Sporting Cristal 3-0.

At Santos, Brazil:

Ricardo Oliveira (45'+1) and Renato (83') each scored once as Santos blanked The Strongest 2-0 at home.

Group Two Standings:

1. Santos FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 4) 
2. Independiente Santa Fe (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. The Strongest (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Sporting Cristal (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 1)



GROUP FIVE:

At Montevideo, Uruguay:

Lucas Hernandez (66') and Mauricio Affonso (68') each scored a second-half goal two minutes apart as Penarol came from behind to knock off visiting Atletico Tucuman 2-1.

Group Five Standings:

1. Palmeiras (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Jorge Wilstermann (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
3. Penarol (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 3)
4. Atletico Tucuman (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)



GROUP SEVEN:

At Chapeco, Brazil:

Jose Sand delivered the game winner with his successfully-converted 66th-minute penalty kick as Lanus knocked off Chapecoense 3-1 on the road.

Group Seven Standings:

1. Lanus (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Zulia FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Club Nacional (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Chapecoense (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)

Europa League Round of 16: Man U, Black Eagles, Genk, Schalke, Ajax Advance To Quarterfinals

Eight games were contested on Thursday as the Europa League's Round of 16 concluded.

At Krasnodar, Russia:

Hugo Mallo (62') and Iago Aspas (80') each scored once as Celta Vigo blanked FC Krasnodar 2-0 in game two and eliminated the Russian club 4-1 on aggregate.

At Brussels, Belgium:

Frank Acheampong scored the only goal of the match in the 65th minute as RSC Anderlecht registered a second 1-0 victory over APOEL FC, that time at home, and finished off the Cypriot club 2-0 on aggregate.

At Monchengladbach, Germany:

Leon Goretzka (54') and Nabil Bentaleb (PK-68') as FC Schalke gained a 2-2 game-two road draw with Borussia Monchengladbach and ousted their fellow German Bundesliga club on away goals with the aggregate score at 3-3.Mouc

At Rome:

Mouctar Diakhaby scored what proved to be the series-winning goal in the 16th minute as Lyon, despite dropping a 2-1 game-two road decision to AS Roma, won their series 5-4 on aggregate.

At Manchester, England:

Juan Mata scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute as Manchester United defeated visiting FC Rostov 1-0 in game two and eliminated the Russian club 2-1 on aggregate.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Ryan Babel scored twice (22', 75') as Besiktas dominated visiting Olympiacos 4-1 in game two and ousted the Greek club 5-2 on aggregate.

At Genk, Belgium:

Timothy Castagne scored in the 20th minute for KRC Genk as the hosts gained a 1-1 game-two draw with fellow Belgian club KAA Gent and won their two-match series 6-3 on aggregate.

At Amsterdam, Netherlands:

Bertrand Traore (23') and Kasper Dolberg (PK-45'+3) each scored once as Ajax Amsterdam overcame their series-opening road defeat with a 2-0 home blanking of FC Copenhagen in game two and took out the Danish club 2-1 on aggregate.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CONCACAF Champions League: Hoops Top Pachuca In Semifinal Series Opener

At Frisco, Texas:

Maximiliano Urruti (44') and Kellyn Acosta (58') each scored once on Wednesday as FC Dallas defeated visiting Pachuca 2-1 in the opening game of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal-series series.  Franco Jara scored for the Mexican club in the third minute.

Copa Libertadores

Copa Libertadores group-stage play continued with five games on Wednesday.

GROUP THREE:

At Medellin, Colombia:

Sebastian Driussi scored the winning goal in the 33rd minute as River Plate knocked off Independiente Medellin 3-1 on the road.

Group Three Standings:

1. River Plate (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. FBC Melgar (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Club Sport Emelec (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Independiente Medellin (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



GROUP FOUR:

At Buenos Aires:

Lucho Gonzalez scored the game's lone goal in the third minute as Atletico Paraenense knocked off San Lorenzo 1-0 on the road.

At Las Condes, Chile:

Santiago Silva's goal in the 74th minute provided all the scoring as Universidad Catolica defeated visiting Flamengo 1-0.

Group Four Standings:

1. Universidad Catolica (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Atletico Paraenense (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Flamengo (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
4. San Lorenzo (GP: 2; GD: -5; PTS: 0)

NOTE:  Universidad Catolica gained a 2-2 road draw with Atletico Paraenense on March 7.



GROUP FIVE:

At Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Yerry Mina's score in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time carried Palmeiras to a 1-0 home win over Jorge Wilstermann.

GROUP SEVEN:

Montevideo, Uruguay:

Jefferson Savarino scored the only goal of the match in the 30th minute as Zulia FC defeated Club Nacional 1-0 on the road.

UEFA Champions League: Monaco, Atletico Advance To Quarterfinals

Two games were contested on Wednesday as the UEFA Champions League's Round of 16 came to a close.

At Fontvieille, Monaco:

Kylian Mbappe (8'), Fabinho (29'), and Tiemoue Bakayoko (77') each scored once as AS Monaco defeated visiting Manchester City 3-1 in game two and, with the aggregate score at 6-6, won the series with the English club on away goals.  Here we see the cheering Monaco fans at Louis II Stadium.

Associated Press photo by Claude Paris

At Madrid:

A 0-0 game-two home stalemate with Bayer Leverkusen was good enough for Atletico Madrid as the Mattress Makers eliminated the German club 4-2 on aggregate to reach the quarterfinal round for the fourth successive year.  Here, we see Atletico's Yannick Carrasco (right) battle Leverkusen's Aleksandar Dragovic for the ball.

Associated Press photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza

AFC Champions League

Group-stage play in the AFC Champions League reached its' midway point on Wednesday with four contests.

GROUP F:

At Seoul, South Korea:

Jaushua Sotorio scored the winning goal in the 63rd minute as the Western Sydney Wanderers knocked off FC Seoul 3-2 on the road.

At Shanghai, China:

Hulk scored the winning goal in the 52nd minute as Shanghai SIPG held off the visiting Urawa Red Diamonds 3-2.

Group F Standings:

1. Shanghai SIPG (GP: 3; GD: +6; PTS: 9)
2. Urawa Red Diamonds (GP: 3; GD: +6; PTS: 6)
3. Western Sydney Wanderers (GP: 3; GD: -7; PTS: 3)
4. FC Seoul (GP: 3; GD: -5; PTS: 0)



GROUP H:

At Adelaide, Australia:

Papa Babacar Diawara (PK-51'), Sergio Sirio Olivares (73'), and Mark Ochieng (85') each scored a goal to carry Adelaide United to a 3-3 home draw with Jeju United.  Frederic Mendy (61'), Marcelo Toscano (71'), and Soon-Hyung Kwon (84') each scored once for the South Korean club.

At Suita, Japan:

Ramires Santos do Nascimento scored the only goal of the match in the 39th minute as Jiangsu Suning knocked off Gamba Osaka 1-0 on the road.

Group H Standings:

1. Jiangsu Suning (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 9)
2. Jeju United (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS; 4)
3. Gamba Osaka (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Adelaide United (GP: 3; GD: -4; PTS: 1)

OFC Champions League: Auckland City Advance To Semifinals

Four games were played on Tuesday and Wednesday in OFC Champions League group-stage action.

GROUP D:

Two Tuesday games were contested at Pater Stadium in Pirae, Tahiti.

In the opener, Tony Kaltack scored twice (38', 85') as Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu) defeated Marist Fire 2-1.  Despite the victory, the club from Vanuatu was still eliminated from contention.

In the nightcap, AS Tefana, from the host country, with goals courtesy of Stanley Atani (45') and Viritua Tiaiho (76'), knocked Fiji's Rewa out of the tournament 2-0.

Group D Standings:

1.    AS Tefana (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. z-Erakor Golden Star (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
3.    Marist Fire (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4. z-Rewa FC (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS; 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



GROUP C:

Two Wednesday games were contested at Centre Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the opener, Henry Fa'arodo's successful penalty kick provided the game-winning goal in the 75th minute lifted Western United (Solomon Islands) to a 2-1 victory over
Vanuatu's Malampa Revivors.


In the nightcap, Clayton Lewis scored twice (44', 61') as Auckland City locked up the Group C title and a berth in the semifinal round by blanking Papua New Guinea's Lae City Dwellers 2-0.

Group C Standings:

1. x-Auckland City (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2. z-Lae City Dwellers (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. z-Western United (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. z-Malampa Revivors (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS; 0)

x-Won Group C and clinched berth in semifinal round

z-Eliminated from tournament

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CONCACAF Champions League: Tigres Blank Visiting Whitecaps In Semifinal Opener

At San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico:

Kendall Waston (OG-66') and Eduardo Vargas (87') each scored a goal on Tuesday as Tigres blanked the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 in the opening contest of their two-game CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

Copa Libertadores: Botafogo, Barcelona (NOT That One), Melgar Grab Tuesday Home Wins

Group-stage play in the Copa Libertadores is set to resume on Tuesday with three games. The hosts listed first and kickoff times Pacific.

GROUP ONE:

At Rio de Janeiro:

Rodrigo Pimpao scored the game winner in the 79th minute as Botafogo downed visiting Estudiantes 2-1.

At Guayaquil, Ecuador:

Jonatan Alvarez (25') and Marcos Caicedo (45') each scored a first-half goal to propel Barcelona SC to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over visiting Atletico Nacional, spoiling the opening of the Colombian club's continental title defense.

Group One Standings:

1. Barcelona SC (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
    Botafogo (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Atletico Nacional (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
    Estudiantes (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: )




GROUP THREE:

At Arequipa, Peru:

Luis Garcia Uribe scored the only goal of FBC Melgar's 1-0 home victory over Ecuador's Club Sport Emelec in the 76th minute.

UEFA Champions League: Juve, Foxes Advance To Quarterfinals

Two more games were played on Tuesday with the resumption of the UEFA Champions League's Round of 16.

At Turin, Italy:

Paulo Dybala's successfully-converted penalty kick in the 42nd minute produced the game's lone goal as Juventus defeated visiting ten-man FC Porto 1-0 in game two and ousted the Dragons 3-0 on aggregate.  That's ol' Paulo here, celebrating after converting his spot kick.

Getty Images photo by Marco Luzzani

At Leicester, England:

Wes Morgan (27') and Marc Albrighton (54') provided the goals as Leicester City overcame their series-opening defeat in Spain with a 2-0 home blanking of Sevilla in game two and knocked out the Spanish club 3-2 on aggregate.  Here are the happy Foxes celebrating their series victory which will land them in the quarterfinal round.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Oli Scarff

AFC Champions League

Eight games were contested in AFC Champions League group-stage play on Tuesday.

GROUP B:

At Ahvaz, Iran:

Esteghlal Khuzestan played visiting Lekhwiya battled to a 1-1 stalemate.  Hassan Beit Saeid scored for the hosts in the eighth minute by successfully converting a penalty kick, but Ismail Mohamad equalized for the Qatari club in the 11th minute.

At Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia:

Ali Al Zaqan scored twice (12', 50') as Al-Fateh defeated visiting Al-Jazira 3-1.

Group B Standings:

1. Esteghlal Khuzestan (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
2. Lekhwiya (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 5)
3. Al-Fateh (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
4. Al-Jazira (GP: 3; GD: -6; PTS: 0)



GROUP D:

At Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Newaf Al Abid (5') and Omar Khribid (69') each scored once to carry Al-Hilal to a 2-2 road draw with Al-Wahda.  Sebastian Tagliabue (45'+1) and Balasz Dzsudzsak (54') provided the scoring for the hosts.

At Doha, Qatar:

Rodrigo Barbosa Tabata scored twice (19', 58') as Al-Rayyan defeated visiting Persepolis 3-1.

Group D Standings:

1. Al-Rayyan (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Al-Hilal (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Persepolis (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
4. Al-Wahda (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)



GROUP E:

At Kashima, Japan:

Yuma Suzuki (43'), Naomichi Ueda (76'), and Yasushi Endo (76') each scored once as Kashima Antlers dominated the visiting Brisbane Roar 3-0.

At Ulsan, South Korea:

Muangthong United held hosts Ulsan Hyundai to a 0-0 deadlock.

Group E Standings:

1. Kashima Antlers (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. Muangthong United (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Ulsan Hyundai (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 4)
4. Brisbane Roar (GP: 3; GD: -9; PTS: 1)



GROUP G:

At Hong Kong:

Johnathan Aparecido da Silva scored the only goal of the match in the 78th minute as Suwon Samsung Bluewings knocked off Eastern Sports Club 1-0 on the road.

At Guangzhou, China:

Yu Kobayashi successfully converted a penalty kick in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to lift Kawasaki Frontale gained a 1-1 road draw with Guangzhou Evergrande.  Alan Carvalho scored for the hosts at 26 minutes.

Group G Standings:

1. Guangzhou Evergrande (GP: 3; GD: +7; PTS: 5)
2. Suwon Samsung Bluewings (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Kawasaki Frontale (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Eastern Sports Club (GP: 3; GD: -8; PTS: 1)

AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League group-stage play resumed on Monday with four games.

GROUP A:

At Tehran, Iran:

Farshid Esmaeili (37') and Ali  Ghorbani (84') each scored once as Esteghlal blanked visiting Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-0.

At Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

Al-Ahli and visiting Al-Taawoun battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

Group A Standings:

1. Esteghlal (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. Al-Ahli (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
3. Al-Taawoun (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
4. Lokomotiv Tashkent (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)



GROUP C:

At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Jerry Bengston (55') and Morteza Tabrizi (PK-90'+4) each scored once as Zob Ahan blanked FC Bunyodkor 2-0 on the road.

At Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

Nasser Al-Shamrani (28') and Ageel Al Sahabi (OG-52') each scored once as Al-Ain gained a 2-2 road draw with Al-Ahli.  Ageel Al Sahabi (26') and Giannis Fetfatzdis (50') delivered the goals for the hosts.

Group C Standings:

1. Al-Ahli (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
2. Al-Ain (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Zob Ahan (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
4. FC Bunyodkor (GP: 3; GD: -5; PTS: 0)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Which Was Colder?

The temperature or the Loons' performance?