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Mday 2 – ACL Group H

18 March 2009 No Comment

J-League club Kawasaki Frontale lead Asian Champions League Group H by two points after they managed a 1-1 draw away against the Pohang Steelers.

A-League outfit the Central Coast Mariners meanwhile built upon their opening round scoreless draw at home to Pohang, almost snatching a surprise victory away against Tianjin Teda but having to be content with a 2-2 scoreline.

In Korea, Kim Jae-Sung opened the scoring for Pohang after just twelve minutes before Japan veteran Shuhei Terada equalized for the visitors (24’).

The 1-1 draw sees Takashi Sekizuka’s side hold onto their lead at the top of the group following an opening day win over Tianjin, though the gap between themselves and second has been reduced to two points.

That is largely due to the exploits of Australian representatives the Central Coast Mariners, who have defied the odds in their first ever Asian campaign, lying second in the group on goal difference.

Largely outplayed during the first half of their match away against Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda, the Mariners fell behind to an Eber header just before half time.

However, Lawrie McKinna’s men rallied during the second half and the introduction of nimble-footed winger Adrian Caceres galvanized the A-league side who equalized through the substitute and then took the lead after Matt Simon power his way into the penalty area.

Wu’weian then hit back for the hosts almost immediately again from a corner, leaving the race for qualification in Group H wide open during the early stages of the competition.

The Mariners welcome Kawasaki to Gosford on April 8, while Tianjin travel to Korea.

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