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Hulk hits double but Shanghai Champions League ‘dream’ over

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian striker Hulk returned from injury to score twice for Shanghai SIPG but the Chinese side were dumped out of the Asian Champions League 4-3 on aggregate by Kashima Antlers on Wednesday.

The Japanese became the last side to seal a spot in the quarter-finals, yet they did it the hard way, losing 2-1 on a sweltering and nervy night in Shanghai.

Hulk hits double but Shanghai Champions League ‘dream’ over

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian striker Hulk returned from injury to score twice for Shanghai SIPG but the Chinese side were dumped out of the Asian Champions League 4-3 on aggregate by Kashima Antlers on Wednesday.

The Japanese became the last side to seal a spot in the quarter-finals, yet they did it the hard way, losing 2-1 on a sweltering and nervy night in Shanghai.

Hulk hits double but Shanghai exit Champions League

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian striker Hulk returned from injury to score twice for Shanghai SIPG but the Chinese side were dumped out of the Asian Champions League 4-3 on aggregate by Kashima Antlers on Wednesday.

The Japanese became the last side to seal a spot in the quarter-finals, but they did it the hard way, losing 2-1 on a sweltering and nervy night in Shanghai.

Pato inspires Tianjin into Asian Champions League quarters

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Shanghai (AFP) – Alexandre Pato scored one and was instrumental in the other as Tianjin Quanjian beat two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande on away goals to reach the Asian Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Brazilian former AC Milan starlet, who has rejuvenated his injury-disrupted career in China, inspired Tianjin to twice swiftly peg back Guangzhou in a 2-2 draw and squeeze through after the first leg ended goalless.

Pato inspires Tianjin into Asian Champions League quarters

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Shanghai (AFP) – Alexandre Pato scored one and was instrumental in the other as Tianjin Quanjian beat two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande on away goals to reach the Asian Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Brazilian former AC Milan starlet, who has rejuvenated his injury-disrupted career in China, inspired Tianjin to twice swiftly peg back Guangzhou in a 2-2 draw and squeeze through after the first leg ended goalless.

Japan’s Antlers draw first blood with Shanghai win

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Kashima (Japan) (AFP) – Japan’s Kashima Antlers banished their continental phobia by humbling Shanghai SIPG 3-1 to take the edge in their Asian Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.

Yuma Suzuki pounced from point-blank range just before halftime and Daigo Nishi added a carbon copy moments after the restart before a freak own goal from Shanghai defender Yu Hai on 75 minutes put the home side in total control.

Japan’s Antlers draw first blood with Shanghai win

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Kashima (Japan) (AFP) – Japan’s Kashima Antlers banished their continental phobia by humbling Shanghai SIPG 3-1 to take the edge in their Asian Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.

Yuma Suzuki pounced from point-blank range just before halftime and Daigo Nishi added a carbon copy moments after the restart before a freak own goal from Shanghai defender Yu Hai on 75 minutes put the home side in total control.

Guangzhou staff ‘damaged club brand’ with taped-up shirt

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande docked the pay of five backroom staff Wednesday for “damaging the club brand” after star defender Zhang Linpeng was forced to wear another player’s shirt with the name and number covered by yellow tape.

The incident happened during the first half of Tuesday’s Asian Champions League last 16 first leg at Chinese rivals Tianjin Quanjian, after match officials told Zhang, Evergrande’s number five, to change his shirt because it had blood on it.

Guangzhou staff ‘damaged club brand’ with taped-up shirt

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Shanghai (AFP) – Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande docked the pay of five backroom staff Wednesday for “damaging the club brand” after star defender Zhang Linpeng was forced to wear another player’s shirt with the name and number covered by yellow tape.

The incident happened during the first half of Tuesday’s Asian Champions League last 16 first leg at Chinese rivals Tianjin Quanjian, after match officials told Zhang, Evergrande’s number five, to change his shirt because it had blood on it.

Berg double condemns Al Hilal to early Champions League exit

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Doha (AFP) – Marcus Berg scored from the penalty spot twice as UAE’s Al Ain sent last year’s runners-up Al Hilal crashing out of the Asian Champions League on Monday.

The 2-1 defeat saw Al Hilal fail to add to their two points after five matches in Group D, as the Saudi giants exited in the group phase of the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Duhail qualify for last 16 as Al Hilal suffer Rayyan blow

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s Al Duhail who became the first team to secure their knockout ticket in the Asian Champions League on Monday but Saudi giants Al Hilal’s chances suffered a blow.

Al Hilal, losers in last year’s final, were off colour against Michael Laudrup’s Al Rayyan who dominated play and created more chances as they won 2-1 in Doha.

Iranian FA take plea to FIFA chief Infantino

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Berlin (AFP) – The president of the Iranian FA has reportedly flown to meet with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to urge him to intervene in a politically-charged Asian Champions League game.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have affected the forthcoming match between Tehran-based Esteghlal and Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

Iranian FA take plea to FIFA chief Infantino

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Berlin (AFP) – The president of the Iranian FA has reportedly flown to meet with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to urge him to intervene in a politically-charged Asian Champions League game.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have affected the forthcoming match between Tehran-based Esteghlal and Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

Saudi, UAE football teams denied neutral venues for Qatar clashes

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Dubai (AFP) – Saudi and UAE football authorities said on Sunday their teams will play Asian Champions League away matches in Qatar despite a travel ban they have imposed on their Gulf neighbour.

The decisions by the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates football federations came after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided overnight in Kuala Lumpur that their teams were required to play in Qatar and also host Qatari teams.

Saudi football teams denied neutral venues for Qatar clashes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Saudi Arabian football teams will be required to play away matches in Qatar during the Asian Champions League despite the kingdom’s travel ban on its Gulf neighbour, Asia’s football governing body said Sunday.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ruled all matches would be played on a home-and-away basis as planned, after Saudi Arabia had called for fixtures against Qatari teams to be shifted to a neutral country.

Saudi football teams denied neutral venues for Qatar clashes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Saudi Arabian football teams will be required to play away matches in Qatar during the Asian Champions League despite the kingdom’s travel ban on its Gulf neighbour, Asia’s football governing body said Sunday.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ruled all matches would be played on a home-and-away basis as planned, after Saudi Arabia had called for fixtures against Qatari teams to be shifted to a neutral country.

New Shanghai SIPG boss Pereira vows to go one better

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Shanghai (AFP) – Vitor Pereira wants to go one better than predecessor Andre Villas-Boas by winning a title after being named coach of big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football since leaving 1860 Munich following relegation to the German third tier in May.

New Shanghai SIPG boss Pereira vows to go one better

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Shanghai (AFP) – Vitor Pereira wants to go one better than predecessor Andre Villas-Boas by winning a title after being named coach of big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football since leaving 1860 Munich following relegation to the German third tier in May.

Japan’s Urawa Reds pin hopes on Brazilian goal machine Silva

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Tokyo (AFP) – As Japan’s Urawa Reds aim to tackle the likes of Real Madrid in the World Club Cup, they will look again to Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva, whose goals got them to such lofty heights.

The 25-year-old Sao Paulo native smashed a superb last-minute winner last month against Al Hilal to sweep the J-League side to a second Asian Champions League title.

Japan’s Reds crowned Asian kings after Al Hilal win

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva smashed a late winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds beat 10-man Al Hilal 1-0 on Saturday to win a second Asian Champions League title.

The forward, who also scored in last weekend’s 1-1 first-leg draw in Riyadh, blasted a superb winner two minutes from time for Urawa, last crowned continental champions in 2007.

Japan’s Reds crowned Asian kings after Al Hilal win

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva smashed a late winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds beat 10-man Al Hilal 1-0 on Saturday to win a second Asian Champions League title.

The forward, who also scored in last weekend’s 1-1 first-leg draw in Riyadh, blasted a superb winner two minutes from time for Urawa, last crowned continental champions in 2007.

Japan’s Reds target Asian glory after race row

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Tokyo (AFP) – Urawa Reds will be favourites to exorcise Japan’s Asian Champions League demons when they host Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the second leg of the final on Saturday.

With the Reds hoping to end a decade of hurt in Asia’s premier club competition, Brazilian forward Rafael Silva became embroiled in a race row following last weekend’s 1-1 draw in Riyadh, adding to the tension.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Japan’s Reds stun Shanghai to reach Asian final

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian Rafael Silva snatched the winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds shocked star-studded Shanghai SIPG 1-0 at home on Wednesday to reach the Asian Champions League final.

The Reds advance to face Saudi giants Al Hilal in next month’s two-leg championship clash after holding on for a 2-1 aggregate win that ended Japan’s miserable recent run in Asia’s premier club competition.

Money and identity stoke Shanghai derby rivalry

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua cross the city into enemy territory on Saturday to face Shanghai SIPG for China’s biggest derby, an intense rivalry spiced by money and identity.

Shenhua make the trip in turmoil: former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet quit as manager on Monday under pressure with the club languishing below mid-table in the 16-team Chinese Super League (CSL).

Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Reds stun Kawasaki to reach Asian semi-finals

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Carlos Eduardo hat-trick fires Al Hilal into semis

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Riyadh (AFP) – Carlos Eduardo struck a fine hat-trick as Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal stormed into the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League with a 3-0 rout of UAE’s Al Ain on Monday.

Victory at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh gave the reigning Saudi champions and continental runners-up in 2014 a 3-0 aggregate win following their goalless draw in the first leg last month.

Carlos Eduardo hat-trick fires Al Hilal into semis

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Riyadh (AFP) – Carlos Eduardo struck a fine hat-trick as Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal stormed into the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League with a 3-0 rout of UAE’s Al Ain on Monday.

Victory at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh gave the reigning Saudi champions and continental runners-up in 2014 a 3-0 aggregate win following their goalless draw in the first leg last month.

Al Ain, Al Hilal in goalless draw

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Al Ain and Al Hilal have it all to play for after an absorbing goalless draw in their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg here on Monday.

In sweltering conditions, UAE’s Al Ain, the inaugural winners of the competition and the runners-up last year to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, produced most of the chances but some stout defending prevented them from scoring.

Al Ain, Al Hilal in goalless draw

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Al Ain and Al Hilal have it all to play for after an absorbing goalless draw in their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg here on Monday.

In sweltering conditions, UAE’s Al Ain, the inaugural winners of the competition and the runners-up last year to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, produced most of the chances but some stout defending prevented them from scoring.

Spain’s Cejudo joins Australia’s Wanderers

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Sydney (AFP) – Winger Alvaro Cejudo has become the second Spanish signing for the Western Sydney Wanderers ahead of the next Australian A-League season, the club said on Monday.

Cejudo, 33, joins the former Asian Champions League winners from Real Betis as the club’s second marquee signing alongside striker and former Osasuna teammate Oriol Riera.

Japan’s Kashima Antlers fire coach who riled Ronaldo

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Kashima Antlers have sacked manager Masatada Ishii five months after he steered them to the Club World Cup final, officials said Wednesday.

The 50-year-old was dismissed after Kashima beat China’s Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, only to crash out of the competition on away goals.

Qatar’s Al Rayyan crash out after Doha thriller

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s Al Rayyan crashed out of the Asian Champions League after being handed a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat by Saudi giants Al Hilal on Monday.

The Michael Laudrup managed side needed a win to secure their first ever last 16 berth but a brace each by Nicolas Milesi and Omar Khribin in a Doha thriller put paid to their hopes as already qualified Al Hilal went on to top Group D with 12 points from six matches.

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Brisbane upset Kashima in Asian Champions League

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s Brisbane Roar kept their Asian Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave Brisbane a 2-0 lead before Kashima pulled a goal back near the end.

Brisbane upset Kashima in Asian Champions League

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s Brisbane Roar kept their Asian Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave Brisbane a 2-0 lead before Kashima pulled a goal back near the end.