Sanfrecce down FC Seoul

Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated FC Seoul 2-1 in their Group F match of the AFC Champions League at the Hiroshima Athletic Stadium on Wednesday.

The match was largely an inconsequential fixture as both Seoul and China’s Shandong Luneng FC had already qualified for the last 16.

Seoul top the standings on 13 points ahead of Shandong with 10 points, Sanfrecce are third sitting on nine points while at the bottom with one point is Thailand’s Buriram United.

Hiroshima’s forward Takuma Asano provided the first bit of excitement in the 19th minute, when his speculative effort forced a good save from FC Seoul stopper Yoo Hyun.

Sanfrecce took the lead in the 27th minute when a free-kick from the left from Kohei Shimizu found Asano, who scored with an angled first time shot that Hyun could not keep out.

Asano nearly added a second in the 35th minute after he dribbled past three defenders and fired a powerful shot that pummeled into the crossbar and away to safety.

The home side finally increased their lead in the 39th minute through a Yusuke Minagawa header from a cross by Shimizu.

Sanfrecce seemed to have settled for the win as the second half produced few chances.

FC Seoul’s Sim Woo-yeon thought he had got one back for the visitors when he drove home a loose ball after a goalmouth scramble, but the defender was judged offside.

Seoul eventually pulled a goal back in the 88th minute through a spot kick from Adriano after Kyohei Yoshino brought down Yun in the danger zone. It was the Brazilian’s tenth goal of the tournament.