Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved top of AFC Champions League Group F on Tuesday evening as they claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Daegu FC at the DGB Daegu Bank Park.
The only goal of the game came four minutes after the half-hour mark, when Hayato Araki darted in at the near post to meet a corner with an excellent stooping header into the back of the net.
Despite the hosts’ best efforts, the usually-dangerous attack of Edgar Silva and Cesinha were just unable to make the most of the chances they created as the tournament debutants fell to their second defeat to the same opponents.
The result also means that after losing to Guangzhou Evergrande in their campaign opener – in a match which saw them receive plenty of criticism for fielding a reserve side – Sanfrecce have now won three on the trot and hold a two-point lead at the top with just two games left in the group stage.
FULL-TIME | Daegu FC (KOR) 0-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (JPN)
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DAEGU FC: Jo Hyeon-woo, Jang Sung-won, Han Hee-hoon, Hong Jeong-woon, Kim Woo-seok, Hwang Soon-min (Gang Yun-goo 46’), Tsubasa Nishi, Ryu Jae-moon (Jung Seung-won 42’), Cesinha (Jeong Tae-wook 78’), Kim Dae-won, Edgar Silva.
SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA: Keisuke Osako, Emil Salomonsson, Hayato Araki, Yuki Nogami, Hiroki Mizumoto (Sho Sasaki 68’), Kohei Shimizu, Shunki Higashi (Gakuto Notsuda 73’), Sho Inagaki, Hayao Kawabe, Tsukasa Morishima (Daiki Watari 81’), Patric.