x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Asian Champions League round-up: Guangzhou back into last 16 round with loss to Urawa

China's Guangzhou Evergrande reach the last 16 of the Asian Champions League despite falling to Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan 3-2.

Guangzhou Evergrande's Muriqui scored once to move his goal tally to six. He leads the Asian Champions League in scoring.
Guangzhou Evergrande's Muriqui scored once to move his goal tally to six. He leads the Asian Champions League in scoring.

China's Guangzhou Evergrande scrambled into the Asian Champions League last 16 despite a 3-2 loss to Urawa Red Diamonds in which they finished with 10 men and had coach Marcello Lippi sent to the stands.

In a dramatic Group F encounter in Saitama, Japan's Urawa kept their title hopes alive heading into next week's final group games, and also flirted with the three-goal victory margin which would have kept

Guangzhou's progression on hold. Lippi, who led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006 and wants to make Guangzhou China's first Asian champions in 23 years, let his frustrations show and was ordered from the touchline for kicking a water bottle as they went 3-1 down.

Elsewhere, in Group E, Thailand's Buriram United were just seconds from a victory which would have put them into the knockout rounds before the Japanese outfit Vegalta Sendai snatched a 1-1 draw in the 93rd minute.

 

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