Two showdowns in a divided Group F

Both results and home advantage were reversed from the previous round in Group F in the AFC Champions League. Western Sydney Wanderers had high hopes of challenging for a place in the knock out phase following their away win against FC Seoul, but it was all in vain as Lee Seok-Hyun put the Koreans ahead with a beautiful long range effort after only four minutes and Dejan Damjanović making it 2-0 from the spot with three minutes to play before the break. Some nice individual skill from Damjanović to get the Montenegrin his second of the night in the 71st minute put the visitors out of reach. Terry Antonis pulled one back for the Aussies six minutes later and Lachlan Scott reduced the lead further in stoppage time but it was too little, too late and Seoul reclaimed place in the group.
In Urawa, the Red Diamonds and Shanghai SIPG battled for pole position and it was the home side who came out on top. The only goal of the match coming from Rafael Silva a minute before half time. In the absence of injured superstar Hulk, Oscar was given the responsibility of penalty taker but bottled it completely, missing failing twice from the spot (once denied by Shusaku Nishikawa pushing the ball onto the crossbar, and once forcefully putting the ball somewhere in the upper tier) within eight minutes. Red Diamonds are now on top, but will have to mind their step not to drop behind SIPG in the two closing rounds.

Group F with two rounds left:
Urawa Red Diamonds                        9p        +7
Shanghai SIPG                                        9p        +5
FC Seoul                                                     3p        -4
Wester Sydney Wanderers             3p        -8

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