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Mday 3 – ACL Group E

7 April 2009 No Comment

The race for qualification for the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League from Group E became particularly tight on Tuesday evening, as K-League outfit Ulsan Hyundai registered their first win of the competition and kept alive their hopes of progress from the group stages.

In the group’s other match, A-League side the Newcastle Jets managed to hold group leaders Nagoya Grampus to a 1-1 draw in Japan.

Dragan Stojkovic’s Japanese outfit remain top of the group on five points, with Newcastle moving into equal second-place with Beijing Guoan on four.

The Chinese Super League outfit were defeated by a second-half strike by Korea international Oh Jang-Eun.

Ulsan manager Kim Ho-kon had billed the match as a must-win encounter and was forced to defend his decision to send out what was essentially a second-string side against the Newcastle Jets during his side’s last group stage clash.

Oh’s strike keeps them in the hunt to qualify out of Group E however, particularly after Grampus were held by the Jets in Japan.

The visitors produced an impressive display and took the lead through Tarek Elrich inside ten minutes, in a match where Newcastle spurned a number of good opportunities to take three points.

Stojkovic’s side struck back through a wonderful Keiji Tamada free-kick, leaving the space between first and last place at only three points with three matches remaining.

Newcastle next host Nagoya on April 22, while Ulsan travel to China to face Beijing.

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