Late penalty de­nies Guangzhou

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SEOUL: Big-spend­ing Chi­nese club Guangzhou Ever­grande were held to a 1-1 draw in the Asian Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day af­ter con­ced­ing an in­jury-time penalty against Ja­panese team Kawasaki Frontale.

Yu Kobayashi scored from the spot five min­utes into in­jury time at Tianhe Sta­dium af­ter Yu Han­chao had han­dled in the area.

Guangzhou, the six-time de­fend­ing Chi­nese league cham­pi­ons coached by Luiz Felipe Sco­lari, took the lead in the first half of the Group G match when Brazil­ian mid­fielder Alan Car­valho scored from the edge of the area — his third goal in as many ACL games.

“Nor­mally we could score two or three goals to win the match in such an oc­ca­sion like tonight, but un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t score even one more goal to clinch the vic­tory,” Sco­lari was quoted as say­ing by Xin­hua.

Guangzhou and Su­won Bluew­ings each have five points in the group. The South Korean club beat Hong Kong team Eastern SC 1-0.

In a Group E match in Ja­pan, Kashima Antlers beat Bris­bane Roar 3-0, leav­ing the Aus­tralian club at the bot­tom of the stand­ings with one point and a mi­nus-9 goal dif­fer­en­tial. The three Aus­tralian clubs in the tour­na­ment have yet to reg­is­ter a win in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Bris­bane coach John Aloisi said that despite the score, he felt the Roar played well.

“I thought we were match­ing them, but when you’re play­ing away from home, you need to be a lit­tle bit more ruth­less,” Aloisi said. “We got into a lot of good po­si­tions but we prob­a­bly didn’t cre­ate as many chances as we could have.”

Thai club Muangth­ong United con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive form to move into sec­ond spot be­hind Kashima af­ter a 0-0 draw at 2012 Asian cham­pi­ons Ul­san Ho­rangi.

In the western di­vi­sion, Estegh­lal Khouzes­tan drew 1-1 at home in Iran with Lekhwiya of Qatar to main­tain top spot in Group B, Al Wahda held Al Hi­lal to a 2-2 draw at Abu Dhabi — ex­tend­ing the Saudi club’s stretch to seven trips to the United Arab Emi­rates with­out a win — and Al Fateh beat Al Jazira 3-1.

At Doha, Al Rayyan moved to the top of Group D when they beat Perse­po­lis of Iran 3-1 af­ter Ro­drigo Ta­bata scored twice and set up the other goal. AP

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Gao Lin of Guangzhou Ever­grande gets the bet­ter of Kawasaki Frontale’s Taniguchi Shogo in their AFC Cham­pi­ons League group stage match on Tues­day.

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