Goals from the Asian Champions League & J-League

Pohang Steelers 3 – Central Coast Mariners 2 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) A second half double from Adam Kwasnik set the up Mariners up to claim a must-win victory after Denilson had given Pohang the lead with an early penalty. But Denilson capitalised on some poor defending to strike again in the 70th and 88th minutes to complete his hat-trick and make it impossible for the Mariners to progress to the knockout stages.

Singapore Armed Forces 1 – Shanghai Shenhua 1 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) Singapore took the lead just before the half hour mark thanks to Ahmad Latiff’s volley from the edge of the box, while Hernan Barcos equalised for Shanghai with a tidy finish in injury time at the end of the match.

Esteghlal 1 – Al Ittihad 1 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) The match burst into life in the final ten minutes, Hicham Aboucharouane fired the Saudi visitors into an 80th minute lead before Ali Alizadeh levelled the match with an 88th minute header.

Al Ettifaq 4 – Bunyodkor 0 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) Prince Tagoe, a reported target for Fulham, struck twice (first and second) in the first half to put the home side in control before goals after the break by Saleh Bashar and Waleed Al Rajaa ensured that the Saudi side finished top of Group D

Al-Shabab 2 – Sepahan 1 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) Al Shabab opened the scoring just 65 seconds into the game when Mguni collected a pass from Carlos Renato before smartly chipping the ball over the onrushing Rahman Ahmadi. Sepahan were then reduced to 10-men as Lovinian kicked out at Essa Shirook and was shown the red card. Al Shabab quickly added a second through Salem Alabadla, before Rabee’s first-time shot halved the deficit late on.

Tianjin Teda 3 – Kawasaki Frontale 1 (Asian Champions League, May 5, 2009) Ma Leilei scored in the 11th and 18th minutes and Damiano Tommasi also netted for the hosts while Renatinho grabbed a consolation strike for Kawasaki.

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Albirex Niigata 3 – Jubilo Iwata 3 (J-League, May 5, 2009) Brazilian forward Gilsinho scored twice and South Korea forward Lee Keun-ho scored his fourth brace in five matches as Jubilo Iwata overcame a 3-nil deficit to battle back for a draw at Niigata.