The first half of Matchday 5 fixtures for the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League took place around Asia last night.
An early goal from Mark Milligan and an injury-time finish from James Troisi, who is on loan from Atalanta, allowed the Victory to join both Jeonbuk Hyundai and Evergrande on seven points in Group G.
Also on seven points, in one of the tightest groups on the ACL, is Yokohama F. Marinos who came from behind to beat Korea’s Jeonbuk 2-1 in Japan thanks to a brace from Manabu Saito.
Asamoah Gyan took his tally to seven goals in Asia as UAE outfit Al-Ain hammered Qatar’s Lekhwiya 5-0 in Doha. The former Sunderland striker scored twice while Diaky Ibrahim, Aussie Alex Brosque and Mohamed Abdulrahman also hit the target.
Group C leaders Al-Ain are now through to the knockout phase where they will be joined by Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad who accounted for Iranian side Tractor Sazi 2-0.
And in Group D, Mehdi Sharifi scored twice as Iran’s Sepahan comfortably defeated Qatar’s Al Sadd 4-0 as UAE’s Al-Ahli and Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal played out a -0- draw.
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