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Reds and Antlers make winning start to ACL campaign

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 - 21:16 JST
Reds and Antlers make winning start to ACL campaign

The J.League got off to a strong start in the 2017 AFC Champions League on Tuesday, with two teams winning their opening matches.

In Australia’s Campbelltown Stadium, Urawa Reds took down 2014 champions Western Sydney Wanderers in a decisive 4-0 victory. 

After a first half that finished 0-0, the visitors took the lead when Tadanari Lee assisted Shinzo Koroki’s goal in the 56th minute. 

Just two minutes later, the two players switched roles for the team’s second goal of the match, with Tomoaki Makino as well as newcomer Rafael Silva adding to the final scoreline to the delight of the traveling supporters.

Two hours later, Kashima Antlers overcame stiff defending by Ulsan Hyundai to record a 2-0 win of their own. Mu Kanazaki broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when he scored off a corner kick, and Yuma Suzuki ensured three points with his follow-up effort in the 82nd minute.

Continental action continues on Wednesday night with Gamba Osaka facing Adelaide United away in a rematch of the 2008 final, while Kawasaki Frontale host Suwon Bluewings.