Beijing down Japanese champions in ACL
BEIJING (AFP) - China's Beijing Guoan saw off a late revival to beat J-League title-holders Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 and break an eight-match win drought in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
At a packed Workers Stadium in Beijing, the green-clad hosts dominated for long stages and they led for most of the game after defender Lang Zheng planted a shot into the bottom corner on 21 minutes following some heavy pressure.
Zhang Xizhe's close-range effort cannoned off the foot of the post on 56 minutes and the midfielder was denied in a double attempt shortly afterwards as Beijing looked to be cruising to victory.
But almost out of nowhere, Hiroshima's Naoki Ishihara - with a strong hint of handball - controlled a rebound from Okamoto Tomotaka's shot and stabbed home an equaliser on 79 minutes.