The first half of Matchday 4 fixtures in the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Tuesday night.
A 73rd-minute goal from Dutch defender Marcel Seip allowed the Mariners to move onto six points, one clear of Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Korea’s FC Seoul following their 2-2 draw.
Rafael Costa converted an injury-time penalty as Seoul grabbed a point at home to join both Sanfrecce and Beijing on five points in what is a very even group.
The Australian side are now second on the table with six points from four matches while K-League club Ulsan Hyundai sit a point clear on top despite their 3-1 defeat to Guizhou Renhe in China which saw Chen Zijie score a brace.
Group B saw Iran’s Foolad edge Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor 1-0 for them to go six points clear in second place, equal on eight points with group leaders El Jaish of Qatar who drew 0-0 with Al-Fateh in Saudi Arabia.
And in Group D, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal demolished Qatari outfit Al-Sadd 5-0 with Saudi international Nasser Al-Shamrani netting a hat-trick as UAE’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Sepahan drew 0-0.
Wednesday night will play host to the second half of Matchday 4 fixtures with reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande’s trip to Jeonbuk Motors and Yokohama F. Marinos’ home fixture with Melbourne Victory among the highlights.
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