Matchday 4 of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Wednesday night following the second half of fixtures around the region.
Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande were surprisingly beaten by South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors 1-0 thanks to Leonardo’s late goal which saw the Chinese Super League title-holders remain top of Group G despite the loss.
The win was more impressive as Jeonbuk had Hyuk Jung sent off in the 67th minute.
Melbourne Victory fell three points behind the top two sides when they lost 3-2 to Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan after taking an early lead before the home side struck back with three goals prior to a consolation for the visitors.
In Group E, K-League club Pohang Steelers went three points ahead of Shandong Luneng after beating them 4-2 in China while Cerezo Osaka, who had Tatsuya Yamashita to thank for a brace, were held to a 2-2 draw by Thailand’s Buriram United.
Group A action had Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shabab return to the top with a 2-0 win over Qatar’s Al-Rayyan while UAE’s Al-Jazira relinquished to spot when losing 1-0 at home to Iran’s Esteghlal.
And in Group C, Al-Ittihad went second with a 3-1 victory over Lekhwiya and now sit a point behind group leaders Al-Ain who draw 2-2 with Tractor Sazi on Tuesday night.
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