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Kawasaki, Al Wahda and Al Hilal into quarter-finals

10 May 2007 00:06

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Kawasaki Frontale, Al Wahda and Al Hilal joined title holders Jeonbuk Motors in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League following Wednesday's matches.

Kawasaki became the first Japanese side ever through to the knockout stages after Kengo Nakamura scored two goals as they trounced Arema Malang of Indonesia 3-0 to top Group F.

Nakamura put the J-League team ahead after only four minutes and notched another in the 70th minute before Taku Harada sealed victory 10 minutes from time.

Then later Al Wahda of the United Arab Emirates had a similar 3-0 scoreline over Qatari side Al Rayyan to book their berth by topping Group A through goals by Maurito and H Alo-Ali.

Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal earned their passage to the last eight for the first time following a 0-0 draw at Al Kuwait. Though Al Hilal have previously won the Asian Club Championship and Asian Super Cup, they have struggled in the AFC Champions League.

Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea qualified automatically as defending champions.

Chinese Super League table-toppers Shandong Luneng blew their chance of booking a place after Adelaide United held them 2-2 at home while Korea's Seongnam Chunma scored a late winner to keep Group G alive.

Shandong now have 13 points to Seongnam's 10, meaning the Chinese outfit travel to Korea on May 23 needing a point to secure their quarter-final place.

Seongnam looked dead and buried before Choi Sung-kuk struck seven minutes from time to beat group whipping boys Dong Tam Long An of Vietnam 2-1.

Japan's Urawa Reds and Sydney FC threw away opportunities to take a stranglehold on Group E, with both sides eeking out draws.

Urawa, without injured Brazilian striker Washington and the suspended duo of Marcus Tulio Tanaka and skipper Nobuhisa Yamada, gave away a late goal to Indonesian champions Persik Kediri in a 3-3 stalemate.

It leaves them with nine points and one game to play in a do-or-die May 23 encounter with Sydney.

The A-League side are on eight points after failing to find the killer touch at home in a goalless draw against China's Shanghai Shenhua.

Urawa, the J-League title holders, looked set for victory after second half goals by Robson Ponte and Yuki Abe wiped out a 2-1 half-time deficit but Budi Sudarsono shot home from close range seven minutes from time to secure a point.

Sydney will be kicking themselves after midfielder Ufuk Talay missed a first half penalty, sending his 25th minute spotkick crashing against the crossbar with goalkeeper Zhang Chen beaten.

In other matches, Korea's Chunnam Dragons scored a 90th minute winner to beat Bangkok University 3-2 in an inconsequential match, with Kawasaki already through from Group F.

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Competition
AFC Champions League
Date
9 May 2007
Kick-off
12:00
Full-time
3 - 0

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