Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AFC Champions League

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


At Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

Abdulmajeed Al-Swat (18'), Jehad Al Hussain (65'), Alassane N'Diaye (69'), and Ricardo Machado (90'+1) each scored once to list Al-Taawoun to a 4-4 road draw with Lokomotiv Tashkent.  Marat Bikmaev produced a hat trick (21', PK-32', 47') and Jaloliddin Masharipov scored once (81') for the hosts.

At Tehran, Iran:

Kaveh Rezael's equalizer in the 58th minute enabled Esteghlal to gain a 1-1 home draw with Al-Ahli Abu Dubai FC.  Abdelaziz Sanquor scored for the visiting club from the Emirates in the 17th minute.

Group A Standings:

1. Al-Ahli Abu Dubai FC (GP: 5: GD: +1; PTS: 8)
2. Esteghlal (GP: 5; GD: +4; PTS: 8)
3. Al-Taawoun (GP: 5; GD: -4; PTS: 5)
4. Lokomotiv Tashkent (GP: 5; GD: -1; PTS: 5)

NOTES: Al-Taawoun had a win and a draw in two games against Lokomotiv Tashkent; Al-Ahli Abu Dubai FC had a win and a draw in two contests against Esteghlal.


At Al Rayyan, Qatar (played in Qatar due to deteriorating relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia):

Salman Bahrani's equalizer in the opening minute of second-half stoppage time lifted Esteghlal Khuzestan to a 1-1 draw with Al-Fateh.  Ali Al-Zaqaan scored for the Saudi club in the 85th minute.

At Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Nam Tee-hee scored twice (PK-27', 62') as Lekhwiya defeated Al-Jazira 3-1 on the road.

Group B Standings:

1.   Lekhwiya SC (GP: 5; PTS: +6; PTS: 11)
2.   Esteghlal Khuzestan (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 8)
3.   Al-Fateh (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 6)
4. z-Al Jazira (GP: 5; GD: -8; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament


At Suwon, South Korea:

Tatsuki Nara scored the only goal of the match in the 48th minute as Kawasaki Frontale defeated Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0 on the road.

At Hong Kong:

Paulinho (8', 82') and Alan Carvalho (50', 71') each scored twice as Guangzhou Evergrande demolished Eastern Sports Club 6-0 on the road.

Group G Standings:

1.    Guangzhou Evergrrande (GP: 5; GD: +13; PTS: 9) 
2.    Suwon Samsung Bluewings (GP: 5; GD: +5; PTS: 8)
3.    Kawasaki Frontale (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 7)
4. z-Eastern Sports Club (GP: 5; GD: -19; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament


At Suita, Japan:

Sergio Cirio (43'), Jordan O'Doherty (54'), and Baba Daiwara (90'+2) each scored once as Adelaide United gained a 3-3 road draw with Gamba Osaka.  Shun Nagasawa (6'), Ritsu Doan (12'), and Michael Marrone (OG-77') each scored once for the hosts.

At Nanjing, China:

Lee Chang-min scored the winning goal in the 48th minute as Jeju United defeated knockout stage-bound Jiangsu Suning 2-1 on the road.

Group H Standings:

1. x-Jiangsu Suning (GP: 5; GD: +5; PTS: 12)
2.    Jeju United (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 7)
3.    Adelaide United (GP: 5; GD: -2; PTS: 5)
4.    Gamba Osaka (GP: 5; GD: -4; PTS: 4)

x-Advanced to knockout stage

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