Motors stall, Sepahan, Ittihad stay perfect
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Jeonbuk Motors saw their perfect record in Group G of the AFC Champions League come to an end as Takashi Inui's second-half goal saw Cerezo Osaka win 1-0 at Nagai Stadium. Inui struck in the 53rd minute when he latched on to Rodrigo Pimpao's through-ball and fired home to move Cerezo level on six points with the Koreans at the top of the table.

Meanwhile in the group's other game, Mohammed Fakhruddin's last-gasp penalty saw Arema Indonesia pick up their first point with a 1-1 draw against Shandong Luneng. Manuel had put the visitors in front after just seven minutes at Kanjuruhan Stadium when he took advantage of an error from Arema goalkeeper Ahmad Kurniawan. However, with seconds remaining, Sunarto was fouled by Liu Jindong in the box and Fakhruddin sent Shandong goalkeeper Yang Cheng the wrong way from the spot.

Jeju stun former champs
In Group E, Jeju United came from a goal down to beat 2009 winners Gamba Osaka 2-1 at Jeju World Cup Stadium. Gamba took the lead in the 22nd minute when Sota Nakazawa headed home Yasuhito Endo's corner. Lee Keun-Ho then rounded the goalkeeper three minutes later but a Jeju defender blocked his shot and Adriano fired the loose ball over the crossbar.

Santos hit the post after the break and Park Hyun-Beom saw his follow-up deflected over the bar before the hosts did level eight minutes into the second period when Shin Young-Rok slid home Park's cross at the near post. Bae Ki-Jong then netted the winner in the 64th minute when he got on the end of Park's long ball and scored from a tight angle.

Leaders Tianjin Teda preserved their unbeaten record despite being reduced to ten men in a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory in China. The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute when Li Weifeng headed Li Benjian's corner straight at team-mate Yu Dabao. Marco Zoric was the quickest to react and headed the rebound goalwards. Keeper Tando Velaphi parried the ball out only to see the Serbian then nod it past him at the second attempt.

Melbourne equalised in the 55th minute when Kevin Muscat leapt higher than Zoric to head Carlos Hernandez's corner past goalkeeper Yang Qipeng at the near post. Zoric then saw red 15 minutes from the end for a reckless challenge on Hernandez but Tianjin held out for a point.

Sepahan, Al Ittihad edge closer
In the evening's latter matches in the west of the continent, Sepahan collected their third consecutive victory in Group A to move within touching distance of the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Al Gharafa. Following a goalless first half, the hosts went in front in the 54th minute when Hadi Aghily converted from the spot after Ibrahima Toure had been brought down in the box.

Ahmad Jamshidian then wrapped up the points 11 minutes later when he beat goalkeeper Qasem Burhan from long range with a swerving strike to leave the Iranians top of Group A on nine points, three ahead of Al Hilal and eight ahead of both Al Gharafa and Al Jazira.

Al Hilal also moved a step closer to securing a place in the knockout stage following a 3-1 win over Al Jazira at King Fahd International Stadium. It took just three minutes for Gabriel Calderon's side to break the deadlock as Ahmed Ali Kamel raced clear on goal before sidefooting past advancing keeper Ali Khaseif and into the bottom corner.

They quickly doubled their advantage in the 13th minute when Christian Wilhelmsson was played in down the right and the Swede delivered an inch-perfect cross for Yasser Al Qahtani to ghost in between two defenders and power a header past the helpless Khaseif from six yards.

Al Jazira halved the deficit six minutes later when Abdulla Qasem outmuscled defender Majed Al Marshadi off the ball before advancing into the area and squaring across the six-yard box for Ahmed Jumaa to finish from close range. Mohammed Al Shalhoub grabbed the third in injury time with a fine individual effort as he managed to get behind the Al Jazira defence, cut inside a covering defender and smashed his finish into the roof of the net.

Lee Jung-Soo's second-half header sent Al Sadd to the top of Group B after they edged out Al Nassr 1-0 at Al Sadd Stadium. Lee deftly headed Nadir Belhadj's corner into the back of the net after 60 minutes for his second goal of the tournament as the Qataris moved on to seven points with the victory, three ahead of their Saudi opponents, although both sides finished the game with ten men with Al Nassr's Mohammed Eid and Belhadj sent off in the second half.

Al Ittihad registered their third successive win in Group C after goals from Abdelmalik Ziaya, Manaf Aboshgair and Paulo Alves sealed a 3-0 victory over Al Wahda at Al Nahyan Stadium. Ziaya and Aboshgair scored in the first half while Paulo Alves made it three when his free-kick bounced off the goalkeeper and a defender before going into the net.

Al Ittihad's victory leaves them top of Group C with nine points and on the verge of qualification for the latter stages. Bunyodkor's goalless draw with Persepolis in Tashkent means the other three sides are all level on two points each with all to play for over the remaining three games.