Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, Western Sydney 1

Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, and FC Seoul edged Kawasaki Frontale 3-2.
Naoki Ishihara scored two second-half goals as the J-League champions took a two-goal cushion heading into the return match in Sydney next week, with a spot in the quarterfinals at stake.
Ishihara opened the scoring in the 51st minute when he converted a cross from Yoshifumi Kashiwa and doubled the advantage with a right-footed shot that beat Sydney goalkeeper Ante Covic in the 65th.
Wanderers cut the deficit to 2-1 on a penalty kick by Tomi Juric in the 78th minute but Kosei Shibasaki’s free kick in the first minute of stoppage time sealed the win for Hiroshima, playing in the round of 16 for the first time.
In Kawasaki, Yun Il-lok scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give the 2013 finalists a win over Kawasaki. The return leg is at Seoul’s World Cup Stadium on May 14.
Kawasaki twice led through goals from Yu Kobayashi and Renato, but Sergio Escudero and Kim Chi-woo equalized for the visitors before Yun capitalized on poor defending from Jeci to slot home the winner.
In Tashkent, Salem Al Dawsari scored late to give Saudi club Al Hilal an important 1-0 win against Uzbekistan champion Bunyodkor.
In the last match of the round of 16, Iran’s Foolad Khouzestan managed a goalless away draw against Al Saad of Qatar.

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