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THE TOP 8: 2019 AFC Champions League match day 4 (part 1)

Brisbane Roar 3-3 Suwon Bluewings (Group G)

In what has to be the match of the day in all competitions, Brisbane Roar and the Suwon Bluewings fought for a draw in their six-goal thriller at Robina Stadium. Brandon Borello opened for the hosts in the 12th minute when he got on the end of Andrija Kaluderovic's cross. Ten minutes later the youngster was in the thick of it again when his assist lead to the second goal, this time by fellow 19-year-old Devante Clut. The visitors responded before half time thanks to a Jung Jin Seo strike in the 39th minute. Seo scored again in the 50th minute to equalise. Yeom Ki-hun broke down the left and floated a brilliant cross in for Tae-Se Jong to score their third and what the South Koreans thought was the winner in the 71st minute. Just nine minutes later Clut scored the second goal of his brace to ensure his side walked away with a point.

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Gamba Osaka 1-1 Buriram United (Group F)
Buriram United's brilliant second half goal saw the Thai side hold hosts Gamba Osaka to a 1-1 draw in their Asian Champions League Group F game at the Expo Commemorative Stadium. Gamba Osaka opened the scoring in the 39th minute thanks to rebounded goal from midfielder Hiroyuki Abe. The visitors dominated much of the first half, but Masaaki Higashiguchi did well to deny them. Buriram's equaliser came from an incredible free-kick by Theerathon Bunmathan in the 62nd minute. The superb set-piece, surely a contender for goal of the tournament, saw Theerathon curling the ball in from well outside the area. Despite the hosts’ desperate attempts to find a winner in the final half hour of the match, they still find themselves winless after three games, while Buriram are top of Group F.

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Seoul 0-0 Western Sydney (Group H)
FC Seoul held AFC Champions League champions Western Sydney Wanderers to a goalless draw in their ACL encounter at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. The South Korean side dominated much of the match leading the possession and shots statistics, but unable to break the deadlock. Seoul's best chance of the game came early when Jung Jo-gook crossed to Mauricio Molina, but the Colombian's effort was wide. The visitors had their best shot of the match in the 70th minute when Romeo Castelen smashed in a shot from the right, only to have it blocked by Lee Woong-hee. The draw sees both sides with four points after three group stage games.

 

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Guangzhou Evergrande 4-2 Kashima (Group H)

Hosts Guangzhou Evergrande defeated Kashima Antlers 4-2 in an exciting AFC Champions League Group H match-up at Tianhe Stadium. Ricardo Goulart opened the scoring for the hosts in the 10th minute when he got on the end of a Huang Bowen cross. In the 37th minute Hiroyuku Takasaki pulled one back for the visitors to ensure the sides went into the break level. In the 53rd minute a Shoma Doi goal saw the Japanese side take the lead. Just five minutes later, ably assisted by the ever-ready Huang Bowen, Elkeson lashed in a goal to help the hosts draw level again. Goulart scored the second goal of his brace four minutes later to reclaim the lead and help his side stay in contention. In the 93rd minute, midfielder Xuri Zhao made it four for the home side when he got on the end of a Gao Lin assist to help his side secure their place at the top of Group H.

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