Urawa Reds were left to lament Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Beijing Guoan that virtually ends their chances of progressing in the AFC Champions League.
The J.League leaders were bottom and already in dire straits without a single point when they took on the Group G leaders at Saitama Stadium 2002.
And hopes that they could nab their first win of their ACL campaign were soon dashed when Yu Dabao scored from a corner right after the half hour mark.
Mihailo Petrovic’s side emerged the stronger side in the second period and equalised by Tomoaki Makino’s header, but ultimately were unable to push on for the winner despite the visitors eventually going down to 10 men.
Kashiwa Reysol meanwhile remain second in Group E after playing out a 4-4 epic with Shandong Luneng - at one point going two goals in front, only to be pegged back again.
The first half itself ended 3-3, Kudo Masato plus Brazilian forwards Leandro and Cristiano cancelling out Luneng’s opener before the hosts roared back with a quickfire double.
The pace of the match failed to slow after the break as the Chinese outfit went into the lead next from the penalty spot, but Cristiano was on hand to rifle home his second from a free-kick to ensure Reysol remain in charge of their ACL destiny.