AFC Champions League: Beijing Guo’an back to Workers Stadium with a victory
In Group E, Beijing Guo’an came back to the Workers Stadium(北京工人体育场) after two years playing at Fengtai Sports Center with a 2:0 victory over Newcastle Jets. Ryan Griffiths’ early goal at 6 minutes made the 41,895 chanting fans at Gongti almost crazy. Joel Griffith, Ryan’s brother, who’s on loan at Guo’an from the Australian opponent, missed a great chance near the area before Du Wenhui sealed the victory in the added time.
Also in the group, Nagoya Grampus (JAP) kicked off their first Champions League game with a convincing 3:1 away victory over Ulsan Hyundai (KOR). Beijing will visit Nagoya Grampus at Mizuho Athleic Stadium on March 17.
In Group F, Shandong Luneng FC was hammered by the Asian Champion Gamba Osaka at Expo 70 Stadium by 3:0, with only two shots in the first half. The team looked very unfit without Zhou Haibin, who’s now playing at PSV Eindhoven. Shandong will fly back to play Sriwijaya on March 17, who was defeated 2:4 yesterday by the visiting FC Seoul.
Today on March 11, Shanghai Shenhua will play Singapore Armed Forces FC at 8pm at Shanghai Hong Kou Stadium(上海虹口体育场), while Tianjian Teda will face Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale.
Kawasaki Frontale 1 – 0 Tianjin Teda;
Shanghai Shenhua 4 – 1 Singapore Armed Forces