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Adriano leads FC Seoul to victory in Asian Champions League

March 16, 2016

JINAN, China (AP) — FC Seoul remained undefeated in the Asian Champions League with its third win from as many matches after beating Chinese club Shandong Luneng 4-1 with a pair of Adriano goals on Wednesday.

FC Seoul leads Group F with nine points, three ahead of Shandong.

Adriano converted Yojiro Takahagi’s looping cross from the left for his first goal. Jucilei equalized in the second half with a header that beat FC Seoul goalkeeper Yoo Hyun, but Go Yo-han put the visitors ahead three minutes later, and Dejan Damjanovic extended the lead three minutes later.

The visitors sealed the win when Damjanovic squared the ball for Adriano to slot into an empty net.

Takuma Asano scored twice as J-League champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Thailand’s Buriram United 3-0 to pick up its first win in Group F.

Sydney FC moved two points clear in first place in Group H after beating South Korea’s Pohang Steelers 1-0. Chris Naumoff scored the only goal just before halftime.

Urawa Reds, which along with Pohang is two points behind behind Sydney, scored late through Shinzo Koroki to draw 2-2 with defending champion and host Guangzhou Evergrande, which has yet to win after three games.

Sydney plays both its April matches at home against Pohang and Urawa. Sydney coach Graham Arnold figures wins in those matches should be enough for the Australian side to advance to the next round.

“It’s a massive win,” Arnold said Wednesday. “You have to get three points at home, and if we get our points at home now we’re through to the round of 16, so it’s a fantastic achievement.”

In Group B, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr is ahead of Iran’s Zob Ahan on goal difference in first place after a pair of draws in group play Wednesday. Zob Ahan finished scoreless at Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan while Al-Nassr was held 1-1 at home by Lekhwiya of Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli, which lost the final last year to Guangzhou, is also having problems this season. It’s in last place in Group D after a 1-0 away loss to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

Qatari side Al-Jaish won for the third match in a row, beating visitors Nasaf Qarshi of Uzbekistan 1-0, and has a six-point lead over the other teams in the group.

Al-Ahli will have a chance to revive its tournament chances when it hosts Al Ain on April 5, while Al-Jaish plays away to Nasaf Qarshi on the same night in an attempt to all but clinch a spot in the next round.

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