Melbourne draws 2-2 with Jeonbuk Motors
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook scored second-half goals four minutes apart to help South Korean club Jeonbuk Motors draw 2-2 with the Melbourne Victory in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.
Jeonbuk has a win and a draw in its opening matches, while the A-League’s Victory picked up their first points after an opening loss.
Nick Ansell scored a first-half header to give Melbourne the lead, then needed Kosta Barbarouses’ goal between the legs of Jeonbuk goalkeeper Choi Eun-sung with 10 minutes remaining for the draw.
“The second half threw us back a little bit,” Melbourne coach Kevin Muscat said. “We didn’t make enough runs the other way.”
In the other Group G match, Yokohama Marinos of Japan and defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande drew 1-1, leaving Jeonbuk and Marcello Lippi’s Guangzhou side co-leading the group.
Striker Jin Hanato gave Yokohama the lead in the 21st minute before attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti leveled for Guangzhou just before halftime. Diamanti scored twice in his side’s come-from-behind win over the Victory two weeks ago.
In Group H, South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai remained perfect and in first place after two matches with a 2-0 home win over Kawasaki Frontale of Japan. Substitute midfielder Yoo Jun-soo scored in the 84th minute to give Ulsan the lead before Kim Shin-wook clinched it in the third minute of injury time.
Striker Mark Bridge gave the Western Sydney Wanderers the lead against Guizhou Renhe in the 10th minute and the A-League side made it hold up for a 1-0 away win, leaving the Chinese side as the only team without a win in the group. Kawasaki and Western Sydney are 1-1.
Tractor Sazi’s 0-0 draw at Qatar’s Lekhwiya left the Iranian side top of Group C with four points, one more than Al Ain of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad. Al-Ittihad beat Al Ain 2-1 in the other group match, with Mukhtar Fallatah scoring both his team’s goals.
In Group D, Al Sadd of Qatar earned a 1-1 draw at Al Ahli of United Arab Emirates to go top, one point clear of Iran’s Sepahan.
The Iranian side beat Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia 3-2 after trailing 2-1 at halftime. Substitute Xhevahir Sukaj scored the winner for Sepahan one minute into injury time.