Champions League Wednesday run down

It is Champions League week four in Asia and the East Asian sides are back in action. Wednesday saw the remaining sides play with the CSL sides looking to get in top gear in the Champions League after a poor start. 

Holders suffer first defeat 

Kashima Antlers 0 - 1 Gyeongnam
Antlers had a good start as they look to defend their champions of Asia title. Although it did not go so well this week as they lost their first Champions League match this season to K League side Gyeongnam. 

This was a tight match but the side only in their second K League 1 season managed to come away with a narrow win. This came courtesy of a Jordan Mutch cross that found Takahiro Kunimoto on 63 minutes. The goal came about in part to some questionable goalkeeping from Kashima Antlers'  Korean Kwoun Sun-Tae.

The win means that two out of three teams are still in with a real chance of progressing into the later rounds of the Champions League. It also suggests that despite being holders Kashima Antlers could crash out in the Group stage.

Jeonbuk march on in the rain

Jeonbuk Motors 2 - 1 Urawa Reds
Jeonbuk overcame Japanese side Urawa Reds in a match between the 2016 and 2017 Asian Champions. While I will say I don't think either side will be champions of Asia in 2019 this was a convincing performance from the K League 1 side. 

The result also means that Jeonbuk now needs just one win from their last two matches to guarantee a place in the knockout phase. Then as Matthew Binns of the K League United commented on Twitter this was a strong side. It could be that the team have put their shaky start behind them and will kick on.

We shall wait to see but it is clear that Urawa Reds will need a minor miracle to get to the next round of the Champions League. The side is looking poor in front of goal at present and sit sixth in the J League 1 having scored only six goals in eight matches.

You can check out the goals in this match below that came from Brazilian Ricardo Lopes and the big tall 'Wookie' or known by some as Kim Shin-wook. Meanwhile, a rare goal for the J League 1 side came from Shinzo Koroki on 58 minutes.

A wet and windy Beijing see the home side win 

Beijing Guoan 2 - 0 Buriram United
It was a wet and windy evening in Beijing as the home side hosted the team from Thailand Buriram United. As seen in the picture below the cheerleaders kept a brave face while the mascots wore ponchos and the fans had umbrellas.
Before the fourth round of matches started in Group G it was wide opened but after this result for Guoan it looks like Buriram United time in the Champions League is coming to an end. It should be said that the Thai side has done well and been a credit to football in the region. 

This was to be a game too far though in the wind and rain as Beijing dealt with the conditions better. It was to be one of their foreign players that really told for the CSL side too as Renato Augusto was the key man. The Brazilian played a part in both goals as he scored a 55th-minute penalty before crossing the ball in for Ba Dun to head home.

The result means that Beijing Guoan sits second in the Group two points behind leaders Jeonbuk Motors. The two sides then, in fact, meet next on the 7th of May which is shaping up to be a great match.

Shandong snatch a one-goal win in Malaysia 

Johor Darul Ta'zim 0 - 1 Shandong Luneng
The CSL side travelled to Malaysia in a match they could prove to be tricky but was one they needed to win. The was the case against the Malaysian league leaders but they did come away with the three points and sit top of Group E. 

This was a solid performance in front of a big and lovely crowd at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium. Then despite a positive start for the hosts, they were behind on 22 minutes, the goal coming in slightly bizarre circumstances.

The reason for this is when Jin Jingdao crossed the ball Pelle who did score the goal was in an offside position. However, the Italian let it go over his head for Song Long header. The player made a mess of this however and Pelle now onside was able to slot the ball home.

Having looked on Twitter and seen what the 'experts' had to say on the matter it looked like the Qatari officials made the right call. The reason for this is that he was not interfering in play as known he was offside he let the ball originally go over his head

Take a look at the video below and see what you think. The goal comes on 36 seconds into the video, you can also check out this tweet from Rhysh Roshan Rai a freelance football pundit.


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