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Jeonbuk Motors crash to another heavy defeat in the Asian Champions League as Iran's Piroozi beat Al Shabab.
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 19:53
Iran's Piroozi Athletic encountered little resistance against a winless Al-Shabab  [AFP]

Leandro Domingues scored a first-half double as Kashiwa Reysol of Japan trounced South Korean champions Jeonbuk Motors 5-1 in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

Imon Zayed hit a hat trick to help Iranian side Piroozi Athletic thrash Al Shabab of the United Arab Emirates 6-1, and Buriram United of Thailand - the surprise of the tournament - remain undefeated after a 2-1 win over Guangzhou Evergrandes of China.

In Japan, Daisuke Nasu gave Kashiwa the lead in the 40th minute with a header from Jorge Wagner's free kick. Five minutes later, Domingues converted from the spot and then struck again with a 25-yard shot that flew over goalkeeper Lee Bum-soo late in the first half.

Chinese international Huang Bowen pulled one back for Jeonbuk in the 51st, but goals from Junya Tanaka and Akimi Barada ensured Reysol bounced back from their opening loss to Buriram.

Crucial win

"We had a big responsibility to do well at home in our second game this time,'' Reysol coach Nelsinho said.

"We knew it would be a tough game to play against Jeonbuk, but we put on a good performance as a team and as individuals in the first half.''

In Tehran, Piroozi had little trouble against winless Al Shabab.

Zayed scored first in the eighth minute, made it 2-0 in the 47th with a back-heeled shot and then found the net from close range six minutes later.

Al Shabab pulled one back when Jociel Ferreira da Silva converted a penalty in the 56th minute. But Golamreza Rezaei made it 4-1 in the 59th minute and teammate Ali Karimi slotted home a penalty three minutes later.

Amir Hossein Feshangchi made it 6-1 in the 87th minute to ensure Piroozi remain undefeated and top of Group A.

Australia's Central Coast Mariners and Nagoya Grampus of Japan drew 1-1.

Marcus Tanaka's close-range finish from a disputed free kick gave the 2010 J-League champions a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, before the Mariners levelled seven minutes later through Dutch veteran Patrick Zwaanswijk.

"From a technical point of view, we played the better football. But the Mariners as a team didn't give up,'' Nagoya coach Dragan Stojkovic said.

"They are the leaders of the A-League and we have to respect that. Coming here a draw isn't that bad of a result, they put us in difficult situations tonight.''

A second-half header from Romanian defender Lucian Goian earned Chinese FA Cup winner Tianjin Teda a 1-1 draw with South Korea's Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

Late win

Ivory Coast striker Amara Diane scored his second goal of the night in the 90th minute to lead Al Nasr of the UAE to a 2-1 victory over Lekhwiya of Qatar. Diane scored first in the 36th minute before Moumouni Dagano equalised six minutes later.

Othman al-Assas' last-minute goal allowed Al Gharafa of Qatar to escape with a 3-3 draw against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

Al Hilal's Adil Hermach found the net in the 16th minute, but Diego Tardelli drew Al Gharafa level in the 44th minute with the first of his two goals. Youssef El Arabi put Al Hilal back in front in the 64th, yet Tardelli equalised again.

Al Hilal's Al Zori Abdulla made it 3-2 in the 75th minute.

A second-half header from Romanian defender Lucian Goian earned Chinese FA Cup winner Tianjin Teda a 1-1 draw with South Korea's Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the round of 16.

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