AFC Champions League: Shandong win in Adelaide; Gamba held; Hiroshima edge Pohang in 7-goal thriller

Adelaide United 0 – Shandong Luneng 1 (AFC Champions League, April 27, 2010) Despite dominating large parts of the match at Hindmarsh Stadium, the Reds were unable to hit the back of the net and went down to Li Wei’s 53rd minute strike.

Henan Jianye 1 – Gamba Osaka 1 (AFC Champions League, April 27, 2010) A stoppage-time strike from substitute Song Tae-lim dashed Gamba Osaka’s hopes of finishing top of their group.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 – Pohang Steelers 3 (AFC Champions League, April 27, 2010) Pohang Steelers missed the chance to top Group H in the Asian Champions League after a bizarre penalty saw them lose 4-3 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The South Koreans had fought back from 3-1 down only for Kim Tae-su to concede a spot-kick with nine minutes to go when he brought down Koji Nakajima in the box and was sent off after being shown a second yellow card. Instead of shooting at goal, Hisato Sato decided to square the ball to Tomoaki Makino and the defender fired home the winner.

Mes Kerman 3 – Al Hilal 1 (AFC Champions League, April 27, 2010) Edinho opened the scoring for the hosts after five minutes but Al Hilal levelled just after the break as Mohammad Al Mahyani fired home from close range. Paulo Zaltron put Mes back in front with 12 minutes remaining when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle after bursting into the box. Al Hilal’s Mohammed Al Fraidi was then sent off in the dying minutes before Mes made the points safe in injury time when Mahdi Rajabzadeh scored with a cute backheel.