Melbourne Victory sneak past Kawasaki in the AFC Champions League; Al Ahly win at Al-Jazira; Al Gharafa & Esteghla draw

Melbourne Victory 1 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (AFC Champions League, March 31, 2010) The match turned on a controversial 60th minute decision by Iranian referee Saeid Mozaffari Zadeh to award a dubious penalty to Melbourne after striker Robbie Kruse appeared to take a tumble outside the box, captain Kevin Muscat taking full advantage when he stepped up and put away the penalty. Mitch Langerak, the Melbourne keeper, had a stunning match, making some incredible saves to ensure the Aussies held out against a slick Kawasaki side.

Beijing Guoan 0 – Seongnam Ilhwa 1 (AFC Champions League, March 31, 2010) The critical moment of the match arrived in the 73rd minute when home defender Zhang saw red for cutting out a through-ball with a handball on the slide, and from the resultant free-kick Mauricio Molina saw his effort go straight through the brittle wall and into the net.

Al-Jazira 0 – Al Ahly 2 (AFC Champions League, March 31, 2010) Brazilian striker Victor Simoes headed twice to give Al-Ahli a 2-0 victory over 10-man Al-Jazira.

Al Gharafa 1 – Esteghlal 1 (AFC Champions League, March 31, 2010) Esteghlal’s Seyed Mehdi levelled after Al Gharafa were given the lead by Younus Mahmood in injury time of the first half.