FC Seoul, El Jaish ACL knockout stageAP , Associated Press
Apr. 24, 2013 5:00 PM ET
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Koh Myung-jin and Yun Il-lok scored a goal in each half on Wednesday as FC Seoul advanced to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League with a 2-0 win over Chinese club Jiangsu Sainty.
It was joined there by Guangzhou Evergrande from Group F, which advanced despite a 3-2 loss to Urawa Reds, while El Jaish of Qatar also booked its place with a 3-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab.
Koh scored in the 32nd minute and Yun doubled the lead in the 72nd as the Korean champions improved to 10 points from five games in Group E, four clear of Vegalta Sendai and Buriram United with one round left.
Takayuki Nakahara scored in the final minute of stoppage time as Vegalta earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Buriram.
Guangzhou's Lucas Barrios opened the scoring in the 36th minute only to see Urawa counter with three second half goals, one from Shinzo Koroki and penalties from Yuki Abe and Marcio Richardes.
Angered by the two penalties, Italian coach Marcello Lippi was sent to the stands for kicking away a water bottle. But Guangzhou's Muriqui responded with a controversial goal to make it 3-2. Referee Mohsen Torki overruled a decision by his assistant that the effort was offside.
Then, just as Guangzhou pushed for a last-minute draw, its defender Zhang Linpeng was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Urawa substitute Nobuhisa Yamada.
Urawa is three points behind Guangzhou and two behind South Korean club Jeonbuk Motors, which beat Thai team Muangthong United 2-0.
Lee Dong-gook scored from a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Park Hee-do doubled the lead two minutes later for Jeonbuk.
Urawa will play at Muangthong on May 1, while Guangzhou hosts Jeonbuk.
A hat trick from Wagner Rebeiro assured El Jaish made it through, joining Al Shabab which had already advanced.
The Brazilian midfielder opened the scoring in the third minute from close range and then doubled the Qatari side's lead with seven minutes remaining. He tapped in his third from a cross by Mohammad Methani.
In the other Group A match, Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates made up for an earlier loss to Tractorsazi Tabriz with a 2-0 victory. But the win wasn't enough for the UAE side to overtake El Jaish.
There is everything to play for with one round of matches in Group B, after Al Shabab Al Arabi of the United Arab Emirates came from a goal down to beat a 10-man Lekhwiya of Qatar 3-1. Lekhwiya could have advanced with a win but now will be hoping for a win against Al Ettifaq of Saudi Arabia in its final group match.
The Qatari side grabbed the lead in the 37th with a fine individual effort by Youssef Msakni late in the first half. But Al Shabab Al Arabi's Essa Obaid leveled just seconds after the halftime interval before substitute Ciel put the home side ahead with a tap-in in the 77th minute.
Lekhwiya were reduced to 10 men when Sebastian Soria was dismissed for elbowing and Edgar (Edgar Bruno da Silva) capped the victory with a goal in stoppage time.
Just like Lekhwiya, Uzbek champions Pakhtakor failed to advance after it lost 2-0 to Al Ettifaq — leaving all four teams fighting for the two knockout spots.
Shehri gave the home side the lead midway through the first half with a shot from 30 meters and then Jamaan al-Jamaan curled in the Saudi club's second four minutes before the break to seal the three points.
With the win, Al Shabab Al Arabi moved up to six points, two behind Lekhwiya in a tight Group B, which will go down to the final round of games.