Matchday 3 of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Wednesday night with the final lot of eight fixtures being played around the continent.
First-time competitors Western Sydney Wanderers followed up last week’s historic triumph over China’s Guizhou Renhe by securing their first home win in Asian football with a 1-0 victory over J.League club Kawasaki Frontale.
Labinot Haliti scored early as the Wanderers went second on the Group H table with six points, just one behind Ulsan Hyundai, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Guizhou in South Korea.
In Group F action, Sanfrecce Hiroshima recorded their first win of the Asian campaign by beating FC Seoul 2-1 in Japan while Nigerian forward Peter Utaka scored to help Beijing Guoan to a 2-1 home triumph over Australian side Central Coast Mariners.
Group B saw Uzbek champions Bunyodkor scored an injury-time equalizer to force a 1-1 draw with Iran’s Foolad as Saudia Arabian club Al-Fateh and Qatar’s El Jaish played out a 0-0 stalemate.
And in Group D, former A-League star Sergio van Dijk was on target only to see Iranian outfit Sepahan lose 2-1 at home to UAE club Al-Ahli while ex-Hamburg and Fluminense midfielder Thiago Neves scored twice as Saudi club Al-Hilal drew 2-2 with Qatari outfit Al Sadd who had former Lyon and Portsmouth winger Nadir Belhadj on the scoresheet.
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