x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Al Ain continue to fire blanks as Grampus put four past them

Al Ain's dismal Asian Champions League campaign continued yesterday as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Nagoya Grampus in Japan.

Al Ain's dismal Asian Champions League campaign continued yesterday as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Nagoya Grampus in Japan.

The result leaves them bottom of their group and with just a point from three games.

They have yet to score a goal.

Mu Kanazaki netted twice to give Nagoya a 2-0 lead at half time . It only got worse for Al Ain from there - Brahima Keita, Al Ain's Ivorian midfielder, guided a shot from Takahiro Masukawa into his own goal just past the hour and Jungo Fujimoto curled home a 77th minute free kick from 25 yards to seal it at the Mizuho Athletic stadium.

The match had been rescheduled after the tsunami and earthquakes that devastated parts of Japan last month.

Ismail Rabee did well to prevent Kanazaki from completing his hat trick when he charged out of his goal to smother the Japanese forward's effort five minutes into the second half.

Al Ain ended with 10 players on the pitch after Fares Juma was given a straight red card for a foul on Koji Hashimoto in the 76th minute.

The result moves Nagoya to four points along with Hangzhou Greentown of China, but the Japanese side are second in Group F on goal difference. FC Seoul top the group with seven points.

* Compiled by Amith Passela