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J. League side Shimizu S-Pulse battled to a scoreless draw with China’s Dalian Shide in Sunday’s first-round Group B match in the inaugural AFC Champions League in Dalian.

In another Group B match also played at People’s Stadium, South Korea’s Seongnam Ilhwa thrashed Thailand’s Osotspa 6-0.

The 2001 J. League champion Kashima Antlers will take on the BEC Tero Sasana in their first Group A match Monday in Bangkok.

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