Melbourne upsets Guangzhou; Al Ain advances in ACL

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Al Ain became the first team to secure a second-round spot in the Asian Champions League with a 5-0 win over Lekhwiya of Qatar on Tuesday, while Melbourne Victory created a gridlock in Group G with a 2-0 upset win over defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande.

Asamoah Gyan scored twice and set up goals for Ibrahim Diaky, Alex Brosque and Mohamed Abdulrahman to help Al Ain, winners of the inaugural title in 2003, to its first away group stage win since 2006 in the continental club championship.

The Ghana striker played a leading role in Al Ain's first three goals before scoring himself with a solo effort in the 70th minute and adding another in stoppage time — giving him a tournament-leading seven goals this season.

At Melbourne, Mark Milligan scored in the second minute and, after some poor finishing from both teams, James Troisi sealed the win in stoppage time. Goalkeeper Nathan Coe maintained Melbourne's buffer with some outstanding saves against Marcello Lippi's Chinese Super League champions. That win and Yokohama's 2-1 win over Jeonbuk Motors left all four teams in Group G on seven points with a game to play.

Lippi blamed "many, many mistakes" in Evergrande's defense but remained optimistic about advancing.

"We still have a chance to continue the Champions League adventure if we win at home," he said through a translator.

Manabu Saito scored twice in two minutes in Yokohama's 2-1 comeback win, netting the equalizer with a long-range strike in the 64th and the winner from close range in the 65th.

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