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Ulsan Hyundai were the lone winners among East Asian clubs on Wednesday, as teams from across the continent vie for the right to compete in December's Fifa Club World Cup


ACL QF
First Leg

ADELAIDE UNITED
2 2 BUNYODKOR
Adelaide United were disappointed to see their first-half lead against visiting Bunyodkor disappear following the ejection of defender Nigel Boogaard.

Australia's lone representatives in the ACL quarterfinals jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Iain Ramsay and Evan Kostopoulos, but Boogaard's red card in the 42nd minute allowed the Uzbeks to mount an improbable comeback.

The resulting free kick on the foul was artfully converted by Bunyodkor midfielder Jasur Khasanov to end the first half, and the visitors drew even with 15 minutes remaining through Shavkat Salomov's tap-in. The two crucial away goals will give Bunyodkor plenty of confidence when they host the return leg.


AL ITTIHAD
4 2 GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE
Saudi Arabian representatives Al Ittihad came from behind for a crucial 4-2 win against CSL leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Chinese club took the lead in the 27th minute through forward Gao Lin's goal, but were unable to prevent Ittihad striker Diego Souza from equalising just one minute later. International veteran Huang Bowen brought Evergrande ahead again in the 39th minute, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

The hosts responded with three unanswered goals in the second half, beginning with Mohammed Noor's penalty kick four minutes into the second half and ending with Naif Nazazi's pair of headers in the 62nd and 89th minutes.

 

ULSAN HYUNDAI
1 0 AL HILAL
Ulsan Hyundai took a big step toward their first ACL semi-finals appearance since 2006 with a 1-0 win against Al Hilal.

The lone goal was scored in the 10th minute by Rafinha, who appeared in the group stage as a member of Japan's Gamba Osaka. The brazilian striker skilfully received Lee Keun-Ho's pass on the far side of the goal before angling a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper's foot and into the net.

The hosts were more than happy to defend their slim lead in the second half, and held back a late Al Hilal counter-attack to preserve the win, extending their unbeaten streak in ACL play to eight matches.

 

SEPAHAN
0 0 AL AHLI
Iran's Sepahan and Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli played to a scoreless draw at Foolad Shahr Stadium despite an abundance of opportunities on both sides.

The match's pace was set in the first half when Sepahan's Mohammad Reza Khalatbari hit the crossbar and Al Ahli captain Taisir Al Jassim's effort was saved just before the hour mark.

Sepahan was more prolific in their attack throughout the 90-minute affair, but the result gives both teams a chance to progress to the semi-finals after the return leg in .

 

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