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Hiroshima downs Western Sydney as Seoul edges Kawasaki

The second lot of Round of 16 fixtures for the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.

In Japan, Sanfrecce Hiroshima accounted for A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers by winning 3-1 at the Hiroshima Big Arch.

A brace from Naoki Ishihara and a late effort from Kosei Shibasaki far outweighed Tomi Juric's 78th-minute penalty as the J.League side get set to take a commanding lead to Australia next week.

South Korea giants FC Seoul have given themselves every conceivable chance of progressing to the quarter-finals by defeating Japan's Kawasaki Frontale 3-2.

Seoul levelled twice after trailing in Kawasaki but an injury-time winner from Yun Il-lok will allow the Koreans to take a slight advantage into the return leg.

In Tashkent, Uzbek side Bunyodkor were edged out by Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal who required a 38th-minute goal from Salem Al-Dawsari to win 1-0 while Qatar's Al-Sadd and Iran's Foolad played out a 0-0 draw in Doha.

The second legs of the eight ACL Round of 16 fixtures take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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