Suwon Bluewings 4 – Kashima Antlers 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) Suwon took control of the clash between the league champions of South Korea and Japan, with goals by Chinese defender Li Weifeng and Brazilian striker Eduardo late in the first half. Hong Soon-hak and Park Hyun-beom added to Kashima’s misery before Marquinhos grabbed a consolation goal for the Japanese side in stoppage time.
Central Coast Mariners 0 – Pohang Steelers 0 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) The Mariners will count themselves lucky to have escaped with a draw after Pohang missed three good chances to clinch valuable away points in the secondÂ half.
Sepahan 2 – Al Shabab 0 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) Sepahan’s Mahdi Jafarpour found the net in the second minute, and Armando Dessa scored from 30-yards to seal the win in the third minute of injury time.
Al-Hilal 1 – Saba Battery 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) After having the match between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal and Saba Battery of Iran originally postponed for sandstorms, the sides ended honours even after Farzaneh’s 14th minute opener was cancelled out by Hawsawi’s header before the break.
Al-Ittihad 2 – Esteghlal 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009)
Sriwijaya FC 2 – FC Seoul 4 (Asian Champions League, March 10, 2009) Kim Chi-woo scored twice, while Jung Jo-gook and substitute Kim Seung-yong also got on the scoresheet as the Koreans fended off a second-half fightback from the hosts, for whom Cameroonian Claude Ngon Djam notched a quickfire brace.