Goalless in Guangzhou

The second of the first legs of the two East-Asian semi-finals took place for the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. In this game, we saw Guangzhou Evergrande draw 0-0 with the J League side Kashima Antlers at the Tianhe Stadium.

All to play for 

After the first legs in both East Asian semifinals, you feel the J League sides have the slight upper hand. Antlers are still on for winning four trophies in one season, and this goalless draw keeps those hopes alive.

Guangzhou Evergrande will feel disappointed they do not travel to Japan with a lead. This is especially the case as Paulinho and Anderson Talisca missed chances for the home side. 

The CSL side still sits top of the league and can even pick up their eighth league title and third Champions League this season. 

Although the match could have swang further in favour of the J League side with Ryohei Shirasaki coming the closest. He however only managed to hit the bar with two minutes remaining as the tie remains in the balance. 

The second leg will be played in Japan on the 18th September with the winner facing Shanghai SIPG or Urawa Reds.

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