Jeonbuk advance to last 16 in Asian Champions
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Two stoppage-time goals by Lee Dong-gook gave Jeonbuk Motors a 3-1 win at China's Guangzhou Evergrande, giving the South Korean team a place in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.
Jeonbuk, runner-up last season, moved to the top of Group H with the dramatic victory while Guangzhou's chances of progressing will go down to the final matchday when it is away to Thailand's Buriram United.
Buriram lost 1-0 at Japan's Kashiwa Reysol but can still progress to the last round if results go its way on the final day. After five games, Jeonbuk - which hosts Kashiwa in their final game - has nine points, Kashiwa and Guangzhou have seven each and Buriram six.
Meanwhile in Group G, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma was held to 1-1 at home by Japan's Nagoya Grampus, leaving both teams on seven points.
They are a point ahead of Australia's Central Coast Mariners, which had a 5-1 win over Tianjin Teda, eliminating the Chinese club from contention for the next round.
On the final match day, Central Coast is away to Nagoya while Tianjin hosts Seongnam.
In Guangzhou, the hosts went ahead in the 10th minute via a penalty converted by big-money signing Dario Conca.
The lead held up until the 44th when Jung Hoon equalized for Jeonbuk. The score remained locked until second-half stoppage time when veteran international striker Lee scored twice, the second from the penalty spot.
Kashiwa took the lead against Buriram in the 23rd when Leandro Domingues breezed past some halfhearted defending and shot into the bottom right corner.
Buriram's chances of getting back into the game took a major blow when central defender Hermann Ekwalla was sent off four minutes before halftime, and Kashiwa held on for victory.
Seongnam, the 2010 champion, seemed destined to book a place in the knockout stages when it led into the latter stages against Nagoya, thanks to Han Sang-woon's stunning long-range free kick in the 12th.
Nagoya snared an equalizer in the 72nd after Yoshizumi Ogawa's cross from the right rebounded in off the chest of defender Park Jin-po.
Nagoya could well have taken all three points but spurned a number of golden opportunities in the dying minutes while Seongnam goalkeeper Jung San was arguably lucky not to be sent off when he ran out of his area and brought down an opponent with the goal beckoning.
Central Coast veteran striker Daniel McBreen scored the opening two goals to set up the Mariners' big win over Tianjin.
He scored in the 10th and 20th minutes, and further goals were added by Josh Rose, Michael McGlinchey and substitute Mustafa Amini while Liao Bochao scored for Tianjin.
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