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AFC Champions League wrap: Wagner hat-trick seals win

24 April 2013 23:18

A treble from Brazilian midfielder Wagner sealed El Jaish's second win in Group A of the AFC Champions League - a 3-0 triumph over Al Shabab.

Wagner opened the scoring after only three minutes but had to wait until the final 10 minutes to add the two goals he needed to take the match ball home with him and close the gap at the top of Group A to just two points.

El Jaish moved up to eight points with Wednesday's victory, two behind Group A-leaders Al Shabab, who suffered their first loss of this season's AFC Champions League.

Emirati side Al Jazira moved themselves off the bottom of Group A with a 2-0 win over Tractor Sazi in Abu Dhabi, a win that drops the Iranian side to the foot of the table.

Former Milan striker Ricardo de Oliveira opened the scoring in the seventh minute, but they had to wait until injury time for substitute Subait Khater to secure the victory.

Group B's bottom side Al Shabab Al Arabi caused a shock as they came from behind to beat group leaders Lekhwiya 3-1 in Dubai.

The visitors took the lead in the 37th minute through their Tunisian playmaker Youssef Msakni, but goals from Brazilian strikers Ciel and Edgar and Essa Obaid combined with a late sending-off for captain Majid Bougherra condemned Lekhwiya to their first defeat of the campaign.

There was another shock in the group's other game as two first-half goals gave Al Ettifaq a comfortable win over Pakhtakor in Dammam.

Midfielder Yahia Alshehri opened the scoring in the 24th minute for the home side before Jamaan Aljamaan doubled their lead just before the break; however with Al Shabab also winning the Saudi Arabian side remain at the bottom of the group.

In Group F, Urawa Red Diamonds kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Guangzhou Evergrande.

Guangzhou would have guaranteed top spot in Group F with a win in Japan and the Chinese club started well with Lucas Barrios' 37th-minute goal.

But six minutes into the second half and Urawa equalised through Shinzo Koroki before Yuki Abe gave the hosts the lead in the 63rd minute.

A penalty from Marcio Richardes extended Urawa's lead four minutes later and while Muriqui pulled a goal back for Evergrande in the 87th minute, the home side held on for a crucial win.

The victory has taken Urawa to seven points, two behind second-placed Jeonbuk Motors, who defeated Muang Thong United 2-0.

In other results, FC Seoul extended their lead in Group E with a 2-0 away win over Jiangsu Sainty, while Buriram United and Vegalta Sendai drew 1-1.

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3 - 0

Competition
AFC Champions League
Date
24 April 2013
Game week
5
Kick-off
17:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0

Goals

Wagner Ribeiro 3'
(assist by K. Ziani) 
1 - 0
Wagner Ribeiro 82'
(assist by M. Mathnani) 
2 - 0
Wagner Ribeiro 90'+3
(assist by Majed Mohammed) 
3 - 0

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