SEOGWIPO, South Korea (Kyodo) J. League champions Yokohama F. Marinos failed in their bid to claim the title of best club side of East Asia, falling 3-1 to Suwon Bluewings of South Korea and finished third in the “A3” East Asian Champions Cup on Saturday.
Brazilian striker Nadson found the net in each half and Kim Dong Hun scored a second-half winner at Cheju World Cup Stadium as the K. League champions won the annual tournament for the first time on seven points from three matches.
Yokohama, last year’s runnersup who needed three points against Suwon to win their first A3 crown, finished on four points.
K. League runnersup Pohang Steelers beat Chinese Super League champions Shenzhen Jianlibao 2-0 in the second game of the day to come second on five points. Shenzhen finished without a point.
J. League side Kashima Antlers won the inaugural East Asian Champions Cup in Tokyo two years ago with last year’s title going to South Korea’s Seongnam Ilhwa.
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