Seongnam, Kawasaki claim wins
Seongnam Ilhwa battled back from a goal down to beat Beijing Guoan 3-1 today and take sole lead of Group E in the AFC Champions League 2010. Former Scotland international Maurice Ross put the Chinese side ahead in the first half, but late strikes from Song Ho-Young, Dzenan Radoncic and Jo Cha-Cheol secured the win for the South Koreans.
The victory left Seongnam with a 100 per cent record in the pool after three games, and three points ahead of Beijing.
The hosts had gone into the game yet to concede a goal, but that changed after just 17 minutes when Ross sent a half-volley into the corner of the net.
Seongnam struggled to respond to the early setback despite dominating possession, but finally levelled with 12 minutes remaining when Song slotted home, before Radoncic tapped in from two yards in the 87th minute. Things got worse for Beijing when Yang Zhi was sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Mauricio Molina, and from the resulting free-kick the ball fell for Jo, who smashed it into the roof of the net.
Kawasaki cruise to maiden win
Elsewhere, Kawasaki Frontale secured their first win of this year's tournament with a comfortable 4-0 defeat of Melbourne Victory at Todoroki Stadium.
Jong Tae-se put the hosts ahead in the third minute when he fired home from Renatinho's cross, and further first-half goals from Masaru Kurotsu and Renatinho put the game beyond the visitors.
Jong was sent off just before the break for kicking another player in the leg, but Kawasaki added a fourth in 90th minute through Hiroyuki Taniguchi. Melbourne were then also reduced to teb men when Leigh Broxham picked up his second booking of the day.