Shaky Jeonbuk progress to last 16

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors limped into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday after they scrambled to a 2-2 draw at home against Jiangsu FC.

After a positive start, the home side opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Leonardo banged in a penalty which came about when Jeonbuk took a quick free-kick to release Choi Chul-soon on the right side of the area, only for him to be fouled by Yang Xiaotian.

Jiangsu were level in the 29th minute after Alex Teixeira netted with a close-range volley as former Manchester City striker Jo headed the ball into his path from a floated free-kick.

On the half hour Ramires headed a Teixeira free-kick just over the bar as the Brazilian players from both sides continued with their exhibition.

Seven minutes after the restart, Luiz Henrique was ruled to have brought down Ramires illegally in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Jo then got the visitors’ noses in front as he converted from the spot.

Fifteen minutes later and a corner from the right was flicked on from the near post to the far post where Lim Jong-Eun was waiting to side-foot home to get the hosts back on level terms at 2-2. In scoring, Lim became the first player born outside of Brazil to get a goal on the evening.

Despite Jiangsu pushing hard in the last quarter for the winner they needed to advance at the expense of their opponents, the score remained at 2-2.

The result sees Jeonbuk finish at the top of the group with 10 points. After beating Becamex Binh Duong FC 2-1, FC Tokyo claimed second with the same tally as they had a poor head-to-head record with the Korea Republic outfit.

Jiangsu slipped to third on nine points, while Binh Duong ended their campaign bottom of the group with four points.

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