Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Buriram Beat Kashiwa Reysol 3-2 & Chonburi Snatch Late Draw

AFC Champions League - Group H

Buriram United 3-2 Kashiwa Reysol
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1-5 Guangzhou Evergrande

Buriram United earned a creditable 3-2 win over Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol in their opening game in the AFC Champions League. The Thai side showed they weren't overawed by the higher class of opposition as they opened the scoring after 11 minutes through Jirawat and then doubled their lead with a curled effort from Uzbekistani, Askar, on 38 minutes to give themselves a two goal advantage at the break. By the midway point of the second half though, the 2-0 lead was cancelled out through goals from Tanaka and Sakai. At this point, the Sun Kings appeared to be in the ascendancy, but fortunately for Buriram they seemed to tire. Jirawat's second goal on 78 minutes after good link up play was the decisive goal in the contest as the Thunder Castle won 3-2
The other Group H game in South Korea finished 5-1 to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Guangzhou's debut began a bit apprehensively, but they grew in confidence as the first half progressed and eventually raced into a 2-0 half time lead. The opening goal was a superb passing move that was finished by Brazilian, Cleo. The second was a free kick from 30 yards scored by Dario Conca. Guangzhou continued with their dominance in the second 45 with goals from Cleo, Dario Conca and Mariqui as they swept aside the Korean side. Jeonbuk's consolation goal was scored by Shung Hoon.
I watched both of these games and if Buriram United get anything from their trip to Guangzhou in the next game it will be a incredible achievement. For me, the Chinese team look like they could go on and win this tournament. 

AFC Cup  - Group G
Yangon United 1-1 Chonburi
Home United 3-1 Citizen AA

Chonburi rescued a very late point in Yangon as Sukree's leveller cancelled out the Burmese side's first half goal. The point will be regarded as one gained rather than two lost despite the fact that Chonburi would have seen this as a winnable match before kick off.
In Singapore, Home United staged a second half fight back to beat Citizen AA 3-1at the Bishan Stadium

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