FC Tokyo wasted an opportunity to join Urawa Reds in the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League after losing 3-0 to Jeonbuk Motors at home on Wednesday.
Former ACL winner Urawa became the first J. League team to secure passage to the round of 16 with a 0-0 Group H draw at Sydney FC, Tokyo, needing a win to go through, was humiliated by Jeonbuk in Group E.
Man of the match and former Matsumoto Yamaga midfielder Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Jae-sung and Go Moo-yul came off the bench to score for the 2006 continental champions.
Tokyo’s second-round fate now rests on its final group game on May 4 away to Binh Duong of Vietnam.
Tokyo was coming off a weekend 4-2 away defeat at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale in the J. League, and failed to shake off the loss in a forgettable home performance that drew boos from the Ajinomoto faithful.
The hosts enjoyed more time on the ball but were far too indecisive in the last third of the pitch, unable to scare Jeonbuk over the course of 90 minutes. Tokyo did not produce a single shot on target.
Jeonbuk, on the other hand, nailed the first legitimate chance it created in the 35th minute when Kim, set up by Ricardo Lopes, struck from close range to give the visitors the halftime lead.
In the second half, Tokyo boss Hiroshi Jofuku turned to substitutes Takuma Abe and Sota Hirayama but mysteriously kept the in-form Nathan Burns on the bench, perhaps sparing Jeonbuk a cause for concern.
Kim assisted his team’s second a minute past the hour, redirecting a Lee Dong-gook cross for Lee Jae-sung, who nodded past Kentaro Kakoi, the Tokyo goalkeeper making his competitive debut.
Go closed the scoring in the first of four injury-time minutes, hitting Tokyo on the counterattack to cap a miserable evening for Jofuku’s side.
Reysol edge Frontale
Kashiwa, Chiba Pref. — Substitute Kosuke Taketomi scored a last-gasp winner as Kashiwa Reysol beat J. League leaders Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 at home in the group phase of the Nabsico Cup on Wednesday night.
The game looked all set for a draw but Taketomi popped up to head home in the fourth minute of injury time to keep Reysol on course for a place in the knockout phase.
Reysol are second in Group B on seven points from four matches, one behind Vegalta Sendai, which drew 0-0 at home to Avispa Fukuoka.
Reysol went closest to taking the lead in the 32nd minute but midfielder Hiroki Akino saw his blistering effort cannon off the left-hand post after Kawasaki goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong parried a shot from Diego Oliveira.
But Oliveira capitalized on sloppy defending to break the deadlock six minutes before the interval, picking up a wayward pass from Shogo Taniguchi and slipping the ball past Jung inside the far post.
Kawasaki leveled 18 minutes from time when Eduardo Neto scored with a free header from Koji Hashimoto’s corner and the game appeared to be swinging in their favor as they pressed for a winner.
But Taketomi headed into an empty net after Jung failed to deal with a cross from the left from Akimi Barada to help stretch Kashiwa’s winning streak to four matches in all competitions.
“I failed to control in a chance before the goal so I wanted to make up for that, and the ball fell kindly for me at the end,” said Taketomi.
Also in Group B, Sho Ito scored the decider as Yokohama F. Marinos beat visiting Sagan Tosu 1-0 to pick up their first win.
In Group A, leaders Omiya Ardija drew 1-1 away to second-placed Vissel Kobe, Kazuma Watanabe equalizing for Kobe in the 58th minute, while Shonan Bellmare and Jubilo Iwata played out a 0-0 draw at BMW Stadium. Nagoya Grampus’ game at home to Ventforet Kofu also finished 0-0.
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