AFC Champions League

Beijing Guoan's win over J. League champions caps unbeaten Asian Champions League week

Three draws and a win as mainland clubs get to grips with AFC Champions League

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 8:03am

Beijing Guoan capped a successful week's work in the AFC Champions League for Chinese clubs last night with a 2-1 win over J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima that leaves the Japanese side in danger of an early exit from the competition.

Beijing's dominant performance at the Workers Stadium meant Chinese Super League clubs emerged unbeaten from matchday two of the continental championship as Guizhou Renhe secured a 0-0 draw against Suwon Bluewings.

That gave Guizhou a first-ever point in the competition and followed draws for Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Sainty on Tuesday, against Jeonbuk Motors and Vegalta Sendai.

"I have to congratulate to the players on the win. We deserve it," said Beijing assistant coach Slobodan Kuljanin, who attended the post-match press conference after head coach Aleksandar Stanojevic was sent to the stands.

"And also thanks to fans, they showed huge support. We should have locked down the win earlier, because it was a bit intense at the end."

Beijing dominated the 90 minutes and took the lead when Lang Zheng's 24th minute shot beat Shusaku Nishikawa via a deflection off the boot of Joffre Guerron.

Rather than claiming the second they deserved, Beijing conceded with 15 minutes remaining as Naoki Ishihara struck to give Sanfrecce hope of picking up their first point after an opening day loss to Bunyodkor.

But just three minutes later a fine strike from Piao Cheng restored Beijing's lead and the capital club held on for a win that moves to them top of group G with four points from two games.

"We are promoting attacking football all the time, and we hope to attract fans with beautiful and entertaining football," said Kuljanin. "So far it's been working well. We will stick to it and make it more obvious."

Guizhou were in fine form against Suwon Bluewings, the two-time Asian champions, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The point, though, was Guizhou's first in their debut appearance in the competition and coach Gong Lei was more than satisfied after losing on matchday one to Kashiwa Reysol.

"Both teams played well and we are satisfied with a draw as we were able to avoid a defeat," said Gong, who took over as head coach at the start of the season following the departure of former national team boss Gao Hongbo.

"This is our first season in the AFC Champions League and to obtain a point from an away game is very good news for the team. We prepared very well and this result will give us a lot of confidence for the future."

Beijing's next travel to Uzbekistan in early April to take on Bunyodkor while Guizhou play Central Coast Mariners in Australia. Guangzhou host Thailand's Muangthong United and Jiangsu entertain Buriram United.