Can­navaro ex­pects Guangzhou to bounce back after Buri­ram draw

Kuwait Times - - Sport -

HONG KONG: Fabio Can­navaro has told his Guangzhou Ever­grande team to bounce back when they take on Ja­pan’s Cerezo Osaka in the Asian Cham­pi­ons League next week after see­ing his side held to a 1-1 draw yes­ter­day by Thai­land’s Buri­ram United.

Guangzhou, who won the tour­na­ment in 2013 and 2015, took the lead in the Group G opener after 16 event­ful min­utes through Ri­cardo Goulart, hav­ing had two penalty claims turned down and a goal ruled out for off­side.

How­ever, a goal­keep­ing er­ror by Liu Dianzuo al­lowed Buri­ram to equalise just be­fore the hour mark when Edgar Silva net­ted from close range. “I’m very happy with our first half per­for­mance, but very dis­ap­pointed with the sec­ond half,” said Can­navaro, who was lead­ing the team in the first game of his sec­ond stint in charge of Guangzhou.

“The away match against Cerezo Osaka (next week) will be very dif­fi­cult. They are a strong team with dis­ci­pline and good in­di­vid­u­als. We will pre­pare care­fully. I just told my play­ers that to­day we lost two points and we are go­ing to take them back.” Cerezo top the group after Kota Mizunuma scored a stop­page time win­ner against South Korea’s Jeju United. A mis­take by Lee Chang-guen in the home side’s goal al­lowed mid­fielder Mizunuma to slide the ball home.

Shang­hai Shen­hua, mean­while, were pegged back to a 1-1 draw after tak­ing an early lead against Kashima Antlers just three min­utes into their Group H en­counter in Ja­pan. Gio­vanni Moreno claimed the opener be­fore Ya­sushi Endo scored six min­utes into the sec­ond half to earn Go Oiwa’s side a share of the points.

Both teams trail Su­won Bluew­ings from South Korea after a brace from vet­eran striker De­jan Dam­janovic, who joined from FC Seoul in the close sea­son, saw off Aus­tralian cham­pi­ons Syd­ney FC.

Dam­janovic gave goal­keeper An­drew Red­mayne no chance with a fine strike from 25 yards in the 62nd minute be­fore the 36-year-old put the re­sult be­yond doubt from the penalty spot 14 min­utes later.

“I’m re­ally feel­ing good when I’m here in Syd­ney,” said Dam­janovic. “We opened well, there’s big pres­sure be­cause there is big ex­pec­ta­tion on us this sea­son and I have two goals and we’ve opened the sea­son re­ally well.”

Mean­while, in the west of the con­ti­nent Perse­po­lis, semi-fi­nal­ists last year, made an im­pres­sive start to their cam­paign in Group C by beat­ing Nasaf Qarshi from Uzbek­istan 3-0. The Ira­nian side top the group ahead of Qatar’s Al Sadd, who de­feated Al Wasl from the United Arab Emi­rates.

Last year’s fi­nal­ists, Al Hi­lal of Saudi Ara­bia, played out a score­less draw with 2003 cham­pi­ons Al Ain of the UAE in Group D while Iran’s Estegh­lal and Al Rayyan from Qatar shared a 2-2 draw. —

AFP

GUANGZHOU: Ri­cardo Goulart (R) of Guangzhou Ever­grande com­petes for the ball with Pansa Hemvi­boon of Buri­ram United dur­ing their AFC Cham­pi­ons League group stage foot­ball match in Guangzhou, in China’s south­ern Guang­dong prov­ince yes­ter­day. —

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