Hiroshima batter Buriram

Sanfrecce Hiroshima comprehensively beat Buriram United 3-0 on Wednesday in their AFC Champions League Group F match at the Edion Stadium Hiroshima.

The win sees Hiroshima pick up their first points of their campaign. They now lie third in Group F with three points.

As for Buriram, they are now without a single point after three rounds of games and their hopes of progressing are in tatters.

After both clubs suffered two defeats in their previous two encounters, a nervy start was expected to this game and that is exactly what transpired.

Both Alexandre Gama and Hajime Moriyasu opted for a 3-5-2 formation and this never contributed positively to the spectacle.

Hiroshima’s star player Shimizu Kohei did his best to create chances with some silky touches and creative passes however Buriram’s Theeraton Bunmathan commanded his defensive unit well. That was only up until the 42nd minute, though. Just moments before the break, 21-year-old Takuma Asano broke the deadlock and hit the back of the net for Hiroshima. Ten minutes after half-time, the Japanese prodigy was at it again as he doubled his side’s advantage and put them firmly in control of the match, providing Sanfre with an outside chance of qualification to the latter stages of the competition. Asano’s performance provided further ammunition to the opinion that he will be a big part of Japanese football in the future. Last year in the J-League he managed nine goals in 34 appearances, a neat tally for the then 20-year-old. After being at the core of the majority of Hiroshima’s play, Kohei grabbed a goal of his own in the 81st minute. That put the result beyond doubt. The match finished 3-0, the scoreline accurately reflecting Hiroshima’s dominance.

The two sides will play each other again next month in round four of the AFC Champions League.