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Football: Pohang steal into Asia's last 16

Pohang Steelers became the first East Asian team to reach the AFC Champions League last 16 Wednesday as an upset and a late own goal elsewhere set up a tense final round of group games. The 2009 winners from South Korea beat Uruguay star Diego Forlan's Cerezo Osaka 2-0 away to clamber into the knock-out stages, leaving their Group E rivals all locked on five points each. Defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande missed their chance to reach the eliminators on Tuesday, meaning it will be all to play for in the East Asian zone as the group stage wraps up next week.

Football: Victory stun ACL champions Guangzhou

Australia's Melbourne Victory stunned defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0 in Melbourne on Tuesday to stay in contention for the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League. The Socceroos' Mark Milligan scored in the second minute and James Troisi in stoppage time, meaning the Chinese Super League champions must wait until next week's final match of Group G before they know whether they will advance.

Football: AFC Champions League results

Results from group games in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday: Group G Melbourne Victory (AUS) 2 (Milligan 2, Troisi 90+1) Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) 0 afp

Football: Mariners leapfrog Beijing Guoan with ACL win

A superb strike from Dutchman Marcel Seip lifted Australia's Central Coast Mariners above Beijing Guoan in their AFC Champions League group in Gosford on Tuesday. Seip powered home a first-time volley to give the reigning A-League champions a 1-0 win to go top of Group F ahead of FC Seoul's home match with Sanfrecce Hiroshima later Tuesday. But it was goalkeeper Liam Reddy who was the Mariners' hero with two stunning saves to keep out the Chinese Super League side.

Football: Guangzhou go top, Forlan off mark for Cerezo

Trophy-holders Guangzhou Evergrande seized control of their AFC Champions League group with a 3-1 win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Tuesday, as Uruguay star Diego Forlan scored his first goal for Cerezo Osaka. A first-half double from Guangzhou striker Gao Lin and a third from Liao Lisheng, either side of Lee Dong-Gook's solo effort, settled a flowing game and lifted the Chinese champions three points clear in Group G.

Football: China's Evergrande says Lippi to stay as coach

World Cup winning Italian manager Marcello Lippi has signed a contract extension to coach Guangzhou Evergrande for three more years, the Chinese club announced Friday, days after reports said he had turned down an offer. Lippi, who lead Italy to glory in 2006, will remain coach of the Chinese and AFC Champions League title holders until November 2017, Evergrande said on a verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Football: Atromitos sells Iglesias to Chinese club

Greek Super League club Atromitos announced Tuesday that they have sold Argentine midfielder Walter Iglesias to Chinese side Changchun Yatai. Athens media reported that Changchun Yatai paid 350,000 euros ($480,000) for the 28-year-old and that Iglesias will sign a one-year contract with his new club for 450,000 euros with the option for an additional season. Iglesias has played for Atromitos for the last two seasons in 62 matches scoring nine goals and before that played for Larissa. le/pi

Football: Last-gasp Thais snatch point against Shandong

Adisak Kraisorn's injury-time strike secured a 1-1 draw for Buriram United against ambitious Chinese team Shandong Luneng on the opening night of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday. Shandong, under new Brazilian coach Cuca who won last year's Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro, appeared to have the game won in Jinan when Liu Binbin scored with just seven minutes to go. But two minutes into stoppage time, second-half substitute Adisak capitalised on some sloppy defending from a long-range free-kick to snatch the precious equaliser.

Football: Lippi begins long goodbye with Guangzhou

Marcello Lippi will hope to sign off by retaining the AFC Champions League title with Guangzhou Evergrande after breaking fans' hearts by confirming he'll leave at the end of the season. The World Cup-winning manager guided Guangzhou to an epochal victory in last year's competition, on top of his two Chinese league titles and one FA Cup since joining in 2012. Deep-pocketed Guangzhou saw off FC Seoul in the two-legged Asian final to be crowned worthy winners and end China's 23-year wait for the continental title.

Football: Atletico take third despite Ronaldinho red card

Atletico Mineiro had Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho sent-off but still struck in the last minute to snatch third place at the Club World Cup with a 3-2 win over Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday. Ronaldinho had pulled his team level at 2-2 in the dying moments of the first half with his second spectacular free-kick of the tournament. But the 33-year-old World Cup winner was then red-carded in the 87th minute for a foul on Zhao Xuri.
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