AFC Champions League wrap: South Korean duo clinch wins

Jeju United and FC Seoul made it a good night for South Korean teams when both picked up wins in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

Jeju returned from Australia with a 2-1 victory at Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium, continuing the A-League club’s tumultuous week in which they sacked inaugural manager Ernie Merrick.

Both sides were desperate for wins after first-up losses in Group E, and it looked like Melbourne – playing their first game under caretaker coach Mehmet Durakovic – would get what they wanted when striker Danny Allsopp scored in the 37th minute.

But Park Hyun-Bem’s 41st-minute effort put last season’s K-League runners-up back in the contest and they completed a memorable victory when Lee Hyun Ho scored the winner against the run of play with just six minutes remaining.

They are now back in the running to progress from the group with three points from two matches.

FC Seoul eased past Chinese opponents Hangzhou Lucheng 3-0 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Montenegro striker Dejan Damjanovic opened the scoring in the 17th minute, before late goals to Kyoung-Jun Ou (71st minute) and Mauricio Molina (80th minute) sealed a rampant win for the hosts.

Seoul moved to top spot in Group F with the victory, with two wins from two games.

Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda made it two wins from as many starts in their Champions League campaign, with a 2-1 win over J-League giants Gamba Osaka.

The hosts in Tianjin led after 26 minutes when Chen Tao found the back of the net, but Gamba were level five minutes later through Keun-Ho Lee.

Cao Yang scored the winner for Teda from the penalty spot seven minutes after the half-time break, sending the Chinese club to first place in Group E.

 


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