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AFC Champions League Match Day 1 Results - Tuesday

All the match action from Tuesday's opening Asian Champions League fixtures as they happen all around the continent...

Brisbane Roar 0-2 FC Tokyo
Expectations were high for the A-League champions on their ACL debut, but they were given a taste of the reality of continental competition, outplayed by a slick FC Tokyo.

The Japanese Emperor's Cup winners had to wait until moments before the interval to open the scoring when Yuhei Tokunaga's low cross found the in-rushing Tatsuya Yazawa who hammered home from close range.

Tokyo added a second when Michael Theoklitos could only parry Naotake Hanyu's shot into the path of Aria Jasuru Hasegawa on 56 minutes. Brisbane were more improved in the second 45 but couldn't find a route to goal.

Gamba Osaka 0-3 Pohang Steelers
Pohang won the battle of the 2008 and 2009 Asian champions and the Koreans did so in emphatic style in Osaka.

The Steelers stormed ahead in the opening half hour, with Kim Tae-Su heading home Shin Kwang-Hoon's cross on 13 minutes, before former Serbia youth international Zoran Rendulic made it 2-0 on 23 minutes after Gamba keeper Yosuke Fujigaya's error.

Shin Hyung-Min set up the third, with Derek Asamoah producing a sublime chip to make it 3-0 on 76 minutes and give new Gamba boss Jose Carlos Serrao a nightmare start.
Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 Beijing Guoan
The 2011 K-League Championship runners-up began their 2012 ACL campaign with a solid victory over 10-man Beijing Guoan.

Kim Seung-Yong's corner set up big Kim Shin-Wook to break the deadlock on 26 minutes, before Go Seul-Ki doubled their advantage 10 minutes prior to half-time from range after new signing Lee Keun-Ho's good work.

Chinese Super League runners-up Guoan pulled a goal back through substitute Piao Cheng on 52 minutes with a lucky lofted effort, but their hopes of grabbing a draw evaporated when Zhang Xinxin was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage-time.

Bunyodkor 1-2 Adelaide United
A-League strugglers Adelaide United claimed an impressive away win on the long trip to Tashkent, getting past Bunyodkor who beat en route to the 2008 final.

The Reds dominated the game and took an early lead when Osama Malik flicked on Iain Ramsey's corner for Nigel Boogaard to head home in the 13th minute. Antony Golec added a second on 53 minutes, poking home after Ramsey's effort was saved by Bunyodkor keeper Ignatiy Nesterov.

Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic kept the Uzbek club at bay as the game neared its end, but the hosts did get a consolation on 90 minutes through Kamoliddin Murzoev after Galekovic had saved Victor Karpenko's header.
Nasaf Qarshi-Al Jazira (Postponed)
Heavy snow in Uzbekistan meant this clash had to be postponed and will be played on Wednesday. A blizzard hit Qarshi shortly before the scheduled kick off and the referee gave it an hour before calling the game off.
Bani Yas 2-0 Al Arabi
Gabriel Calderon's Bani Yas may be struggling in the Pro-League and without the services of several Olympic team players, but they made light work of Qatari outfit Al Arabi.

Yousef Jaber scored from the spot on the stroke of half-time, before Spanish midfielder Francisco Yeste doubled their tally with an effort from edge of the box on 77 minutes.
Al Rayyan 0-1 Esteghlal
Iranian giants Esteghlal snatched victory late on in Doha, with substitute Goran Jerkovic dramatically grabbing a winner in second-half stoppage time.

After an underwhelming first-half, Qatari club Al Rayyan had the better of the chances in the second 45 although they lacked the cutting edge to make the most of them. And ultimately they were made to pay for their profligacy, with Jerkovic pounced to prod home Jlloyd Samuel's effort from close range for a dramatic winner.

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<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;" valign="top"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">Rayo Vallecano 4-2 Racing Santander<br /></span></strong></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: left;">Rayo Vallecano recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat 10-man Racing Santander at Vallecas as they moved, temporarily, to within three points of a Champions League spot. <br /><br />Racing's goalkeeper, Tono, was sent off inside five minutes after bringing down Diego Costa, leaving the visitors with an uphill struggle. Somehow they managed to open up a two-goal advantage, though, thanks to strikes from <strong>Marc Torrejon</strong> and <strong>Gonzalo Cosla</strong> in the opening 20 minutes.<br /><br />Rayo were shocked into action and took a foothold in the game when <strong>Michu </strong>netted prior to the break. And in a 10-minute second-half spell they put the game beyond doubt with three quickfire goals. <strong>Michu </strong>bagged his second of the match, before <strong>Raul Tamudo</strong> and<strong> Piti </strong>consigned a deflated Racing to defeat.</div>
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<div style="text-align: left;">Eliseu Pereira inspired Malaga to victory but they had to come from a goal behind to beat Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Saturday.<br /><br />Maunel Pellegrini's men trailed to <strong>Diego Castro</strong>'s first-half strike before <strong>Eliseu's</strong> introduction after the break. The Portuguese netted the equaliser in the 57th minute before assisting <strong>Jeremy Toulalan</strong>'s<strong> </strong>strike that put Malaga ahead. <br /><br />The win was sealed in the dying minutes of the game when <strong>Santi Cazorla</strong> unleashed an unstoppable drive from distance as the visitors maintained their push for European football next season.</div>
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<div style="text-align: left;">Osasuna's European hopes were dealt a blow by Mallorca, who rescued a point at the Iberostar Stadium, helping the islanders to climb further away from the drop zone. <br /><br />The visitors had been on course for only their second away win of the season after <strong>Alvaro Cejudo</strong>'s strike just before the break, only to be denied by Mallorca after the interval. With less than 20 minutes remaining, <strong>Emilio Nsue</strong> rose highest to meet Sergio Tejera's corner, and direct his header past Andres Fernandez. <br /><br />Osasuna were guilty of missing chances to re-establish their advantage in the closing stages of the game, and consequently now find themselves two points adrift of the Champions League spots.</div>
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<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;" valign="top"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong></strong></span><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">Barcelona 3-1 Sporting Gijon<br /></span></strong></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><a href="http://www.goal.com/en/match/63164/fc-barcelona-vs-sporting-de-gijon/report">Match Report</a> | <a href="http://www.goal.com/en/match/63164/fc-barcelona-vs-sporting-de-gijon/player-ratings">Player Ratings </a></strong></span></div>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.goal.com/en/match/63165/sevilla-vs-atletico-madrid/report"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Match Report</strong></span></a></div>
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<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;" valign="top"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">Zaragoza 2-1 Villarreal</span></strong></span><br /></td>
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<div style="text-align: left;">Villarreal surrendered a slender lead five minutes from time against Zaragoza before Abraham Minero netted an injury-time winner to boost the home side's hopes of Primera Division survival this season.<br /><br />The Yellow Submarine took a deserved lead in the 16th minute when Nilmar and Javier Camunas combined brilliantly to give <strong>Alejandro Martinuccio</strong> the simplest of finishes and net his first goal for Villarreal. <br /><br />Zaragoza were fortunate not to fall further behind prior to <strong>Luis Garcia</strong>'s<strong> </strong>equaliser in the 85th minute with an exquisite volley from the edge of the area. <strong>Abraham</strong> then completed the late turnaround with a goal in injury time to secure an unlikely three points for the Aragonese outfit, who remain bottom of the table.</div>
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<div style="text-align: left;">Athletic Bilbao claimed the bragging rights in the Basque derby and continued their assault on European football thanks to a 2-0 win over regional rivals Real Sociedad on Sunday, but the result came with some controversy.<br /><br /><strong>Markel Susaeta</strong> finished a clinical move from the home side with Andoni Iraola and Ander Herrera involved in the build-up before the latter put the midfielder clear. <br /><br />Sociedad thought they were level within minutes of falling behind when Carlos Vela's effort clearly crossed the line, but the Mexican's strike was not given. Marcelo Bielsa's side continued to hold on for much of the match until <strong>Susaeta </strong>netted his second of the match with a curling free-kick late on.</div>
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Al Ittihad 4-0 Pakhtakor
Last season's semi-finalists Al Ittihad eased past 10-man Pakhtakor despite playing in front of an empty stadium, after sanctions from last year's unruly quarter-final.

The lack of crowd didn't affect the Tigers, who have been struggling domestically, as Abdelghani Faouzi rounded the keeper to get them off to the best start after two minutes. Naif Hazazi couldn't convert two good chances before setting up Mohammed Abusabaan for the second on the half hour.

Alexandr Kletskov was sent off on 36 minutes for a second bookable offence leaving the Uzbek side with a mountain to climb. Abusabaan pounced after Mohammed Noor's blocked shot to make it 3-0 on 52 minutes and shortly after Abdulla Omar scored a fine solo goal.

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