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FC Seoul makes strong start to Asian Champs league

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — FC Seoul made an emphatic start to the Asian Champions League, scoring in each half to beat a lackluster Central Coast Mariners 2-0 in the opening round of group play on Tuesday.

In a night that featured five draws from the eight matches played, 2013 runner-up Seoul provided the most dominant performance.

Spanish defender Osmar converted a contentious penalty in the 33rd minute to give the lead over the Australian side. Mariners fullback Josh Rose was ruled to have fouled striker Sergio Escudero — despite limited contact and no appeals from the home side.

Yun Il-lok sealed the win for Seoul in the 57th when he gathered a low cross from Kim Chiwoo to find the net.

Later, Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates overcame some sloppy defending to beat Qatar's Al Rayyan 3-2 in Group A.

Al Jazira made a bright start and was 2-0 up at halftime thanks to a third-minute goal from Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo, followed by an Abdelaziz Barrasa effort six minutes later.

Al Rayyan struck back via Lucho Gonzalez in the 59th minute before substitute Ahmed Al Gheilani restored Al Jazira's two-goal lead in the 73rd. Kalu Uche scored a consolation goal for the Qataris in the final minute.

In the other Group A match, and the night's only other result, Saudi Club Al Shabab edged Esteghlal of Iran 1-0 after Palestinian forward Imad Khalili found the net in the 59th minute in Tehran.

Kazuhiko Chiba scored in the 78th to give Japanese hope Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 1-1 home draw with Beijing Guoan in the other Group F match.

Former FC Seoul midfielder Ha Dae-sung opened the scoring for Beijing with a close-range strike in the 63rd.

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