Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ACL & AFC Cup Matchday 3 - Review

AFC Champions League - Group H
Kashiwa Reysol 0-0 Guangzhou Evergrande
Buriram United 0-2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Buriram United's perfect start to Group H ended as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors picked up their first points with a 2-0 win. It was another brave performance from Buriram but they'll need to look back on their defensive naivety for the 2 goals that they conceded.
Lee Sung Hyun gave the South Korean side the lead on 10 minutes with a back heeled flick after Sivaruck had produced two great blocks. It didn't help matters that a couple of the Buriram defenders were standing motionless with their arms up claiming offside.
On 32 minutes Seo Sang-Min was given too much space to skip past a flailing challenge inside the box to double the away side's lead.
Buriram tried to retrieve the game in the second period and the closest they came was with a Frank Achaempong shot that crept inches past the post.
The good news for Buriram despite the defeat was that they remain top of the group after Kashiwa Reysol and Guangzhou Evergrande drew 0-0 in Japan. The big spending Chinese side made a lively start but they were quickly snuffed out by Kashiwa as the Japanese side claimed a deserved point.

AFC Cup  - Group G
Chonburi 2-0 Citizen AA
Yangon United 0-0 Home United

At the midway point, Chonburi are in pole position in Group G despite the fact that they've barely shifted out of second gear.  Therdsak opened the scoring shortly after the break from the spot and on the hour the veteran turned provider when his corner was headed in by Diakite as the Sharks comfortably beat Citizen AA 2-0. Chonburi top the group with 7 points and crucially moved 4 points clear of Citizen AA in third place.
In Myanmar, it finished 0-0 between Yangon United and Home United. The Singaporean side will surely be the happier of the two as the point lifts them into second place with 4 points.
Next Wednesday, the fixtures will be reversed as Chonburi travel to Hong Kong to play Citizen and Home United host Yangon United.

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