Wednesday, March 04, 2015

GAME ON!

Due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Major League Soccer clubs and the Players Association, MLS will officially kick off its' 20th season this coming Friday as scheduled.

CONCACAF Champions League: Alajuelense, Club America Advance To Semis; DC United Ousted Despite Game-Two Home Win Over Costa Rican Club

Two games were played on Wednesday as the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League continued.

At Washington:

Despite a 2-1 game-two road defeat against DC United, LD Alajuelense ousted the tournament's last remaining American club 6-4 on aggregate. Johan Venegas helped the visiting club's cause with his goal in the 71st minute.

At Mexico City:

Jose Daniel Guerrero (43') and Osmar Mares (80') delivered the goals as Club America blanked visiting Deportivo Saprissa 2-0 in game two and finished off the Costa Rican club 5-0 on aggregate.

Copa Libertadores

Copa Libertadores group-stage action continued on Wednesday with three contests.

GROUP ONE:

At Santiago, Chile:

Esteban Paredes scored twice (PK-68', 90') as Colo-Colo blanked visiting Atlas 2-0.



GROUP TWO:

At Buenos Aires:

Elias Mendes Trindale scored the only goal of the match in the 65th minute as Corinthians defeated San Lorenzo 1-0 on the road.

Group Two Standings:

1. Corinthians (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2. Sao Paulo FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. San Lorenzo (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Danubio FC (GP: 2; GD: -5; PTS: 0)



GROUP FOUR:

At Porto Alegre, Brazil:

Rever  scored the winning goal in the 81st minute as Internacional came from behind to upend visiting Club Sport Emelec 3-2.

AFC Champions League

Group-stage action in the AFC Champions League continued on Wednesday with eight games.

GROUP C:

At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Mehrdad Jamaati's equalizer in the 32nd minute lifted Foolad FC to a 1-1 road draw with Lokomotiv Tashkent.  Oleg Zoteev scored for the hosts in the seventh minute.

At Doha, Qatar:

Khalfan Ibrahim scored the only goal of the match in the 29th minute as Al-Sadd defeated visiting Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia 1-0.

Group C Standings:

1. Al-Sadd (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Al-Hilal FC (Saudi Arabia) (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
3. Foolad FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Lokomotiv Tashkent (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 2)



GROUP D:

At Tabriz, Iran:

Farshad Ahmadzadeh scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute as Tractor Sazi defeated visiting Al-Ahli FC from the UAE 1-0.

At Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

Al-Ahli SC, with Saleh Al Jamaan scoring the winning goal in the 78th minute, grabbed a 2-1 home victory over Nasaf Qarshi.

Group D Standings:

1. Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia) (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. FC Nasaf Qarshi (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Tractor Sazi FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Al-Ahli Dubai FC (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)



GROUP G:

At Saitama, Japan:

Brandon Borrello's goal in the second minute held up as the Brisbane Roar knocked off Urawa Red Diamonds 1-0 on the road.

At Beijing, China:

Dejan Damjanovic scored the only goal of the match in the 65th minute as Beijing Guoan defeated visiting Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0.

Group G Standings:

1. Beijing Guoan FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Suwon Samsung Bluewings (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Brisbane Roar (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Urawa Red Diamonds (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



GROUP H:

At Sydney, Australia:

Ricardo Goulart's hat trick (19', 59', 64') carried Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao knocked off the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 on the road.

At Seoul, South Korea:

Kim Jin-kyu scored the only goal of FC Seoul's 1-0 home win over Kashima Antlers in the 66th minute.

Group H Standings:

1. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Western Sydney Wanderers FC (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. FC Seoul (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Kashima Antlers (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 0)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Copa Libertadores

Three games were played on Tuesday as the group stage of the Copa Libertadores resumed.

GROUP THREE:

At Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela:

Leonardo Castro scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute as Club Universitario defeated Mineros de Guayana 1-0 on the road.

At Belo Horizonte:

Cruzeiro and visiting Club Atletico Huracan battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

Group Three Standings:

1. Club Universitario (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Club Atletico Huracan (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
3. Cruzeiro (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
4. Mineros de Guayana (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)

NOTE:  Atletico Huracan has scored two goals thus far, compared to Cruzeiro's none.



GROUP SEVEN:

At Guayaquil, Ecuador:

Jorge Eduardo Recalde scored the only goal of Club Libertad's 1-0 road win over the Barcelona Sporting Club in the 77th minute.

CONCACAF Champions League: Stoppage-Time Goal Carries Impact Into Semis

At Montreal:
Cameron Porter's goal in the fourth and final scheduled minute of second-half stoppage time on Tuesday enabled the Montreal Impact to gain a 1-1 home draw with Pachuca in the second match of their two-game CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, and, with the aggregate score at 3-3, advance to the semifinal round on away goals.

AFC Champions League

Eight games were played on Tuesday as action in the AFC Champions League's group stage resumed.

GROUP A:

At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Mohammad Nouri's successfully-converted 21st-minute penalty kick provided all the scoring in Persepolis FC's 1-0 road win over FC Bunyodkor.

At Doha, Qatar:

Vladimir Weiss' equalizer in the 51st minute enabled Lekhwiya to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Al-Nassr.  Mohammad Musa's own goal in the 47th minute provided the Saudi club's score.

Group A Standings:

1. Persepolis FC (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. A-Nassr FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; TPS: 2)
3. FC Bunyodkor (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)
4. Lekhwiya SC (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 1)



GROUP B:

At Tehran, Iran:

Asamoah Gyan's penalty kick in the 58th minute lifted Al-Ain to a 1-1 road draw with Naft Tehran.  Siamak Kouroshi scored for the hosts in the 50th minute.

At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

Abdurahman Al-Khaibari (35') and Naif Hazazi (85') delivered the scoring that enabled Al-Shabab to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Pakhtakor Tashkent.  Igor Sergeev (63') and Kakhi Makharadze (PK-71') each scored once for the visiting Uzbek club.

Group B Standings:

1. Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Al-Shabab FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
3. Al-Ain FC (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 2)
4. Neft Tehran FC (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 1)

NOTE:  Al-Shabab has scored two total goals vis-a-viv Al-Ain's one.



GROUP E:

At Jinan, China:

Han Kyo-won scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 71st minute as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors dominated Shandong Luneng Taishan 4-1 on the road.

At Kashiwa, Japan:

Masato Kudo scored twice (42', 87') as Kashiwa Reysol demolished visiting Becamex Bihn Duong 5-1.

Group E Standings:

1. Kashiwa Reysol (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 4)
2. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 4)
3. Shandong Luneng Taishan FC (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Becamex Bihn Duong FC (GP: 2; GD: -5; PTS: 0)



GROUP F:

At Seongnam, South Korea:

Ricardo Bueno (PK-8') and Hwang Ui-jo (67') produced the scoring in Seongnam FC's 2-0 blanking of visiting Gamba Osaka.

At Guangzhou, China:

Gilberto Macena scored the winning goal in the 90th minute as Buriram United came from behind to knock off Guangzhou R&F 2-1 on the road.

Group F Standings:

1. Buriram United FC (GP: 2; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Seongnam FC (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Guangzhou R&F FC (GP: 2; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4. Gamba Osaka (GP: 2; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

CAF Champions League: Qualifying Round Ends

The CAF Champions League's preliminary round was scheduled to be concluded on Sunday with a number of games, with one exception.

At Bamako, Mali:

In a contest played in Mali due to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, AS Kaloum gained a 1-1 game-two draw with Sewe Sport and ousted the Ivorian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At N'Djamena, Chad:

Despite a 3-1 second-game road defeat at the hands of Foullah Edifice, USM Alger still won their two-game series 4-3 on aggregate.

At Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

A 2-0 home victory over Recreativo do Libolo in game two enabled SM Sanga Balende, with the aggregate score at 3-3, to advance to the first round proper on away goals.

At Bafia, Cameroon:

Cosmos de Bafia overcame their series-opening 1-0 road defeat with a 3-0 game-two home win over Kampala City Council and took out the Ugandan club 3-1 on aggregate.

At Sokode, Togo:

A 1-0 home win in game two over Sony Ela Nguema enabled AC Semassi to win their two-match series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Despite dropping a 2-1 game-two road decision to Saint George SC, MC El Eulma of Algeria still won their series on away goals with the aggregate score at 2-2.

At Cotonau, Benin:

Andrew Abalgou scored the only goal of the match in the 50th minute as Enyimba International FC took game two 1-0 on the road over Buffles du Borgou and won their two-game series 4-0 on aggregate.

At Miarinarivo, Madagascar:

Despite dropping a 3-2 game-two road decision to CNaPS Sport, Gor Mahia, with the aggregate score at 3-3, still won their series on away goals.

The date of the scheduled second match between Barrack Young Controllers and Real Banjul from The Gambia is still to be determined as the second game will be moved from BYC's home country of Liberia due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak.

English League Cup Final: Blues To Much For Spurs; Jose Wins First Trophy In Second Stint As Chelsea Manager

At London:

John Terry (45') and Diego Costa (56') delivered the goals on Sunday as Chelsea blanked London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final of the English League Cup tournament, enabling manager Jose Mourinho to win his first piece of silverware in this, his second stint in charge of the Blues. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CAF Champions League

Several games were played in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League on Saturday.

At Ndola, Zambia:

ZESCO United defeated visiting Mbabane Swallows 1-0 in game two and took their series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Unguja, Zanzibar:

Despite dropping a 1-0 game-two road decision to KMKM FC, Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan won their two-match series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Omdurman, Sudan:

Despite dropping a 2-0 series-opening match on the road, Al-Merrikh dumped visiting Azam 3-0 in game two and ousted the Tanzanian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At Tetouan, Morocco:

In another case of a club erasing a two-goal series-opening road defeat, Moghreb Tetouan hammered visiting Club Olympique de Bamako 3-0 in game two and ousted the Malian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At Kano, Nigeria:

Kano Pillars dominated visiting Al-Malakia 3-0 in game two and completed their two-match domination of the South Sudanese club 5-0 on aggregate.

At Pretoria, South Africa:

Mamelodi Sundowns dominted visiting St Michel United from Seychelles 3-0 in game two and locked up their series 4-1 on aggregate. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

CAF Champions League

A number of games were played on Friday as the CAF Champions League's preliminary round resumed.

At Niamey, Niger:

A 1-1 game-two draw on the road for Stade Malien was good enough for the club from Mali as they, with the aggregate score at 1-1, eliminated AS GNN on away goals.

At Blantyre, Malawi:

A 2-2 game-two home draw with Fomboni Club from Comoros was good enough for Big Bullets FC to take their two-match series 3-2 on aggregate.

At Alexandria, Egypt:

After topping visiting Al-Ahli Tripoli 1-0 in regulation time of the second game on their two-match series which became deadlocked at 1-1 on aggregate, and with overtime dispensed with, Smouha Sporting Club won the penalty-kick shootout 5-3 to advance to the first round of the tournament.

At Kigali, Rwanda:

APR FC defeated visiting Liga Muculmana of Mozambique 2-1 in game two and advanced by that same score on aggregate.

At Gaborone, Botswana:

After their game-two 1-0 road win over Township Rollers, South Africa's Kaiser Chiefs, with the aggregate score at 2-2, advanced on away goals.

At Quagadougou, Burkina Faso:

A 0-0 game-two stalemate with Burkina Faso's Etoile Filante  de Ouagadougou was good enough for AS Pikine as the Senegalese club won their two-match series 1-0 on aggregate.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Copa Libertadores

Group-stage played continued in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday with four games.

GROUP ONE:

At Bogota, Colombia:

Wilson Morelo produced a hat trick (34', 43', 65') as Independiente Santa Fe defeated visiting Colo-Colo 3-1.

Group One Standings:

1. Independiente Santa Fe (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2. Colo-Colo (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Club Atlas (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Atletico Mineiro (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 0)

NOTE: Colo-Colo have scored three total goals in their two games as opposed to Club Atlas' one.



GROUP FOUR:

At Porto Alegre, Brazil:

Jorge Henrique scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 61st minute as Internacional defeated visiting Universidad de Chile 3-1.

Group Four Standings:

1. Club Sport Emelec (GP: 2; GD: +4; PTS: 6)
2. Internacional (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. The Strongest (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Universidad de Chile (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 0)



GROUP FIVE:

At Buenos Aires:

Dani Osvaldo scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute as Boca Juniors defeated visiting Montevideo Wanderers 2-1.

At Barinas, Venezuela:

Alejandro Marquez scored the only goal of the match in the 44th minute as Palestino defeated Zamora FC 1-0 on the road.

Group Five Standings:

1. Boca Juniors (GP: 2; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
2. Montevideo Wanderers (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Club Deportivo Palestino (GP: 2; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Zamora FC (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

CONCACAF Champions League: DC United Dominated On Road In Series Opener

At Alajuela, Costa Rica:

Jose Guillermo Ortiz scored twice (22', 54') as LD Alajuelense dominated visiting DC United 5-2 in Thursday's opening match of a two-game CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal-round series.

Europa League: Round of 32 Ends; Five Italian Clubs, Toffees Advance; Reds, Spurs, Bhoys Ousted

16 games were played on Thursday as the Europa League's Round of 32 concluded.

At Moscow:

Artur Yusupov scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 64th minute as Dynamo Moscow defeated visiting RSC Anderlecht 3-1 and won their two-game series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Saint Petersburg, Russia:

Jose Rondon scored twice (29', 67') as Zenit Saint Petersburg dominated visiting PSV Eindhoven 3-0 in game two and won their two-match series 4-0 on aggregate.

At Monchengladbach, Germany:

Victor Machin Perez (a.k.a. Vitolo) scored twice (26', 79') as Sevilla defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 on the road in game two and took out the German club 4-2 on aggregate.

At Warsaw, Poland:

Arkadiusz Milik scored twice in the first half (11', 43') as Ajax Amsterdam dominated Legia Warsaw 3-0 on the road in game two and knocked out the Polish club 4-0 on aggregate.

At Kiev, Ukraine:

Oleh Husyev's penalty kick in the 75th minute proved to be the series winner as Dynamo Kiev overcame their series-opening 2-1 road defeat from last week with a 3-1 game-two home victory over Guingamp, enabling the hosts to win their series 4-3 on aggregate.

At Wals-Siezenheim, Austria:

Luciano Vietto scored twice (33', 76') as Sevilla took game two 3-1 on the road and ousted FC Red Bull Salzburg 5-2 on aggregate.

At Istanbul:

After Tolgay Arslan scored in the 72nd minute to allow his club to top visiting Liverpool 1-0 in regulation of game two (which was followed by 30 scoreless overtime minutes), he converted the series-winning spot kick as Besiktas ousted the visiting Reds 5-4 in the penalty-kick shootout to advance to the Round of 16.

At Florence, Italy:

Mario Gomez (54') and Mohamed Salah (71') delivered the goals as Fiorentina downed visiting Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the second game of their two-match series, which the Lilies won 3-1 on aggregate.

At Milan, Italy:

Fredy Guarin scored the series-clinching goal in the 88th minute as Inter Milan defeated Celtic 1-0 at home in game two and took out the Bhoys 4-3 on aggregate.

At Liverpool, England:

Romeluo Lukaku scored twice (PK-25', 30') in the first half-hour as Everton defeated visiting BSC Young Boys 3-1 in game two and completed their two-contest domination of the Swiss club 7-2 on aggregate.

At Bruges, Belgium:

Victor Vazquez (11'), Obbi Oulare (64'), and Boli Bolingoli Mbombo (74') each scored a goal as Club Brugge clubbed visiting Aalborg BK 3-0 and finished off the Danish club 6-1 on aggregate.

At Bilbao, Spain:

Matteo Darmian scored both the game and series-winning goal in the 67th minute as Torino defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-2 on the road in game two and won their series with the Spanish club 5-4 on aggregate.

At Lisbon:

A game-two 0-0 stalemate on the road was good enough for VfL Wolfsburg as the German club took out Sporting CP 2-0 on aggregate.

At Piraeus, Greece:

Artem Fedetskiy (22') and Nikola Kalinic (0-'+2) delivered the goals as FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk gained a 2-2 game-two road draw with Olympiacos and eliminated The Legend 4-2 on aggregate.

At Naples, Italy:

Jonathan de Guzman scored the only goal of the match in the 19th minute as Napoli defeated visiting Trabzonspor 1-0 in game two and handily dispatched the Turkish club 5-0 on aggregate.

At Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Adam Ljajic (45'+1) and Gervais Yao Kouassi, known to one and all as Gervinho (60') delivered the goals as AS Roma took game two with Feyenoord Rotterdam 2-1 on the road and eliminated the Dutch club 3-2 on aggregate.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CONCACAF Champions League: Easy Series-Opening Road Win For Club America

At San Jose, Costa Rica:

In the lone Wednesday CONCACAF Champions League contest, Pablo Cesar Aguilar (79') and Oribe Peralta (81', 85') delivered the scoring during a six-minute stretch of the game's final 15 minutes as Club America broke open what had been a scoreless stalemate and wound up dominating Deportivo Saprissa 3-0 on the road in the opening match of their two-game quarterfinal-round series.

Copa Libertadores

Four more games were played in Copa Libertadores group-stage action on Wednesday.

GROUP ONE:

At Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

Christian Suarez scored the only goal of the match in the 86th minute as Club Atlas from Mexico knocked off Atletico Mineiro 1-0 on the road.



GROUP TWO:

At Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Alexandre Pato scored twice (3', 40') as Sao Paulo FC demolished visiting Danubio 4-0.



GROUP THREE:

At Sucre, Bolivia:

The match between Club Universitario and visiting Cruzeiro concluded in a 0-0 stalemate.

Group Three Standings:

1. Club Atletico Huracan (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Mineros de Guayana (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
3. Club Universitario (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Cruzeiro (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)

NOTE: Huracan and Mineros each scored two goals in their group-stage opener while Universitario and Cruzeiro battled to a scoreless deadlock.



GROUP SEVEN:

At La Plata, Argentina:

Guido Carrillo delivered a natural hat trick (16', 36', 74') as Estudiantes dominated visiting Barcelona----Barcelona Sporting Club from Ecuador, that is------3-0.

Group Seven Standings:

1. Estudiantes (GP: 1; GD: +3; PTS: 3)
2. Atletico Nacional (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Club Libertad (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Barcelona Sporting Club (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)

UEFA Champions League: Leverkusen, Monaco Post Series-Opening Wins

The opening cycle of games in the UEFA Champions League's Round of 16 concluded on Wednesday with two contests.

At Leverkusen, Germany:
Leverkusen better ten-man Atl├ętico
Hakan Calhanoglu scored the only goal of the match in the 57th minute (that's him celebrating with teammates after scoring) as Bayer Leverkusen defeated visiting (and ten-man) Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their series opener.

At London:
Clinical Monaco catch Arsenal cold
Geoffrey Kondogbia (38', that's him celebrating after scoring with teammates), Dimitar Berbatov (53'), and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (90'+4') each scored a goal as AS Monaco knocked off Arsenal 3-1 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.

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AFC Champions League

Group-stage play in the AFC Champions League continued on Wednesday with eight games.

GROUP C:

At Ahvaz, Iran:

Al-Sadd held hosts Foolad to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

Saud Kariri (11'), Yousef Al Salem (14'), and Neves Augusto Thiago (71') each delivered a tally as Al-Hilal defeated visiting Lokomotiv Tashkent 3-1.

Group C Standings:

1. Al-Hilal Riyadh (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Al-Sadd (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Foolad FC (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Lokomotiv Tashkent (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)



GROUP D:

At Qarshi, Uzbekistan:

Hamza Karimov scored the winning goal in the 52nd minute as FC Nasaf Qarshi came from behind to upend visiting Tractor Sazi 2-1.

At Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

Ismaeel Al Hamadi scored twice (19', 79') as Al-Ahli of the UAE battled back from three one-goal deficits to gain a 3-3 home draw with Al-Ahli from Jeddah of Saudi Arabia.  Osvaldo (1'), Hussain Al Mogahwi (41'), and Taisir Al Jassim (58') each scored once for the Saudi club.  Ahmed Khalil scored the hosts' other goal at 43 minutes.

Group D Standings:

1.  FC Nasaf Qarshi (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2.  Al-Ahli Jeddah (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
     Al-Ahli Dubai FC (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4.  Tractor Sazi FC (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0) 



GROUP G:

At Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia:

Shao Jiaya scored the only goal of the match in the second minute of second-half stoppage time as Beijing Guoan knocked off the Brisbane Roar 1-0 on the road.

At Suwon, South Korea:

Leo Itaperuna scored the winning goal in the 87th minute as Suwon Samsung Bluewings defeated visiting Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1.

Group G Standings:

1. Suwon Samsung Bluewings (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Beijing Guoan FC (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. Urawa Red Diamonds (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Brisbane Roar (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 1)



GROUP H:

At Kashima, Japan:

Yojiro Takahagi scored the winning goal in the 85th minute as the Western Sydney Wanderers knocked off Kashima Antlers 3-1 on the road.

At Guangzhou, China:

Ricardo Goulart scored the only goal of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao's 1-0 victory over visiting FC Seoul in the 31st minute.

Group H Standings:

1. Western Sydney Wanderers FC (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS; 3)
2. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
3. FC Seoul (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)
4. Kashima Antlers (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)