Vagner Love stars in emphatic Shandong win over Cerezo

Shandong Luneng delivered a defiant repost to their early season critics on Tuesday night with a convincing 3-1 away victory over J.League side Cerezo Osaka, in a game that will ease the mounting pressure on manager Cuca and his team. AFC Champions League Round 2 Cerezo Osaka 1  Kakitani 84′ Shandong Luneng 3 Aloisio 5′, […]

Evergrande Prise Victory from Melbourne in ACL Opener

Guangzhou Evergrande 4-2 Melbourne Victory Asian Champions League Group Stage Round One Contreras 35’, Broxham 40’; Huang Bowen 58’, Diamanti 64’, 84’, Elkeson 70’ In an astonishing curtain-raiser to the defense of their ACL crown, Guangzhou Evergrande came from two goals down at half-time to crush Melbourne Victory 4-2. New arrival Alessandro Diamanti scored a […]

WEF exclusive: Muriqui reveals injury forced substitution

—GUANGZHOU—Following his side’s 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night, Guangzhou Evergrande forward Muriqui revealed that a calf problem forced his half-time exit from the encounter. Last season’s top-scorer and MVP of the Asian Champions League, the Brazilian winger was below par in an opening forty-five minutes that saw Evergrande fall two goals behind. […]

Beijing Guoan draw in Japan in Champions League opener

Asian Champions League Matchday 1 SAN FRECCE HIROSHIMA 1 Chiba Kazuhiko 77′ BEIJING GUOAN 1 Ha Dae-sung 63′ Attendance: 6,021 In his opening match as Beijing Guoan’s manager, Gregorio Manzano led the club to a satisfying draw away at Japanese champions, Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Guoan played a more defensive formation in this match, with only Joffre […]

Evergrande coach Lippi confident of victory in season opener

—GUANGZHOU—Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi has downplayed concerns that a lack of competitive action could see his side struggle in Wednesday’s 2014 AFC Champions League opener with Melbourne Victory. Lippi, who last year guided his side to success in the competition during his first full season in China, admitted that the timing of the game […]