Tokyo reach Round of 16; Sanfrecce win last match

Tokyo reach Round of 16; Sanfrecce win last match

The 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage concluded on Wednesday with the final matches of Matchday 6 taking place across the continent.

FC Tokyo sealed their return to the Round of 16 with a 2-1 win at Vietnam’s Binh Duong. Ryoichi Maeda’s goals in the 21st and 55th minute proved enough to overcome a 68th-minute penalty kick by former Consadole Sapporo striker Le Cong Vinh.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima, already eliminated from the tournament, ended their disappointing campaign with a 2-1 win against visiting FC Seoul. 

Takuma Asano and Yusuke Minagawa scored in the first half for the J.League champions, while Adriano made it interesting with his 89th-minute consolation strike.

Tokyo will face Sven Goran Ericksson’s Shanghai SIPG in the first knockout round later in May, while Urawa Reds, who played on Tuesday, take on FC Seoul.