Frontale taking it one step at a time

Kawasaki Frontale boss Toru Oniki insists the Japanese side are taking their AFC Champions League campaign one step at a time after coasting past Muangthong United.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Frontale made short work of the Thai outfit on Tuesday night with a 4-1 second leg win.

But despite coasting into the quarter finals of the AFC Champions League, Oniki is staying grounded over his side’s progress.

He said: “Our mission has been to get through the group stage, then the round of 16 and now the last eight. We are just trying to clear each of these goals and move forward.

“We were 3-1 up from the first leg but I told the players not to let up and sent them out on the pitch with the aim of finishing off the issue in the first half and they carried out my instructions right from the start.”

Frontale scored twice within a minute during the first half to put the tie to bed, and were 3-0 up by the interval through Eduardo Neto’s header. Muangthong then fell 4-0 behind, before Teerasil Dangda’s late consolation.

Muangthong coach Totchtawan Sripan said: “We had to score three goals away from home so it was never going to be easy.

“We tried to show respect to Kawasaki but maybe we showed them a bit too much respect.”