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Mday 2 – ACL Group E

17 March 2009 No Comment

The Newcastle Jets moved to within one point of the Group E leaders with a first Asian Champions League victory over K-League side Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday evening, as Beijing Guoan played out a scoreless draw away against Nagoya Grampus.

Japanese side Nagoya opened up their campaign with a 3-1 win away against Hyundai last week but were held at home by a Beijing outfit who impressed in their 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

The two sides now sit at the top of Group E and are favourites to qualify, though it appears their main challenger will take the form of Gary Van Egmond’s Australian team.

The A-League side recorded their first ever Asian Champions League victory thanks to a first-half double by striker Sasho Petrovski.

His first was a rather contentious strike, volleying home clinically from close range after appearing to be in an offside position before sending a looping header over the ‘keeper just before half-time.

The Jets dominated the opening 45 minutes but an under-strength Ulsan outfit – who lined up with an entirely different starting eleven than the one that faced Nagoya in the first round – rallied during the second half and forced the home side to defend deep and concede possession.

However Newcastle held out to record what could be a crucial victory as they chase qualification from their group.

They next travel to the Mizuho Athleic Stadium in April to face Nagoya Grampus, while Ulsan travel to the Beijing Workers Stadium to face Guoan.

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