Vissel Kobe continued their excellent AFC Champions League play with another win, this time over Thailand’s Chiangrai United, 6-0. It was a spectacular showing for Vissel, who now have two wins from two matches and sit atop Group J.
Koya Yuruki led the way for Kobe, scoring twice, while four other players tallied for the Ushi in a total team performance. They now have wins over the other two clubs in their group and are in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages.
Elsewhere, Yokohama F·Marinos had a good showing, bouncing back from defeat on Matchday 2 with a composed 1-0 win over Sydney FC. The tricky team from Australia presented Marinos with some problems, but the Tricolor answered them well, especially in defense. That set the stage for Ryotaro Tsunoda to play the role of hero in the 80th minute with the winner that keeps Marinos second in Group H, just one point back of first.
In Group I, Kawasaki Frontale battled Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim to a scoreless draw. JDT had won their first two matches of the group stage, taking first place, but Frontale managed to take a point off them. That keeps Frontale in second place, just two points back of the Malaysian side, with the two set to square off again on Matchday 4.
Urawa Reds were the one J.League side to stumble on Matchday 3. They fell to Daegu FC, 1-0, allowing the K League club to move even on six points atop Group F. Urawa are behind Daegu on the tiebreaker, but they can leap back up when they get their rematch next matchday.