The 2010 Asian Champions League kicked off last night with 8 of the first 16 group games being played.
In Group A, Qatarâ€™s Al Gharafa got their campaign off to a perfect start with a 2-1 away win over UAEâ€™s Al Jazira whilst Al Ahli of Sauid Arabia were also defeated 2-1 at home, with Iranâ€™s Esteghlal doing the damage.
Group B saw Iranâ€™s Zobahan get the desired result with a 1-0 home win against UAEâ€™s Al Wahda and in Tashkent, last yearâ€™s semi-finalists Bunyodkor were led by former Brazil star Rivaldo to easily overcome Al Ittihad 3-0.
Group E also had two winning results with South Koreaâ€™s Seongnam Ilhwa edging past Kawasaki Frontale of Japan 2-0 and Chinese Super League champions Beijing Guoan did enough at home to record a win over reigning A-League champs Melbourne Victory.
Koreaâ€™s Jeonbuk Motors scored a comprehensive 4-0 away win over Indonesian club Persipura Jayapura in Group F as Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers produced a narrow 1-0 win over Chinaâ€™s Changchun Yatai.
Tonight will see the other groups begin their campaigns with reigning Asian champions Pohang Steelers taking on Australiaâ€™s Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in South Australia.
Al Jazira (UAE): 1 (Rafael Sobis 56â€™)
Al Gharafa (QAT): 2 (Othman El Assas 16â€™, Younis Mahmoud 53â€™)
Al Ahli (KSA): 1 (Hassan Al Raheb 85â€™)
Esteghlal (IRN): 2 (Farhad Majidi 12â€™, 76â€™)
Bunyodkor (UZB): 3 (Rivaldo 4â€™, Jasur Hasanov 21â€™, Denilson 67â€™)
Al Ittihad (KSA): 0
Zobahan (IRN): 1 (Igor Castro 60â€™)
Al Wahda (UAE): 0
Seongnam Ilhwa (KOR): 2 (Mauricio Molina 35â€™, Dzenan Radoncic 79â€™)
Kawasaki Frontale (JAP): 0
Persipura Jayapura (IDN): 1 (Yustinus Pae 68â€™)
Jeonbuk Motors (KOR): 4 (Seung-Yong Kim (p) 17â€™, Krunoslav Lovrek 26â€™, 67â€™, 81â€™)
Kashima Antlers (JAP): 1 (Koij Nakata 42â€™)
Changchun Yatai (CHN): 0