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Luneng wins to seal 2nd spot

LU Zheng scored one goal and created another to lift Shandong Luneng to a 2-0 home win over FC Seoul in the Asian Champions League Group F.

The victory lifted the Chinese Super League champion into second place in the group behind defending ACL champion Gamba Osaka.

Following a lackluster first half, Lu opened the scoring with a left foot strike from 15 meters in the 54th minute, finishing off an attack started upfield by Serbian Aleksandar Zivkovic. In the 72nd minute, Lu set up a goal for Han Peng to seal the win.

Elsewhere, a pair of 5-0 wins confirmed the group leads of Japan's Gamba Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale yesterday.

Defending champion Gamba predictably thrashed Indonesia's Sriwijaya, while Kawasaki dominated Australia's out-of-form Central Coast Mariners.

The victory extended Gamba's perfect record in Group F, with three wins from as many matches, while leaving Sriwijaya marooned without a point at the bottom. Kawasaki stayed top of Group H, two points ahead of South Korea's Pohang Steelers, which had a 1-0 home victory over China's Tianjin Teda.

Central Coast is in third, ahead of Tianjin.

Gamba was forced to wait until the 40th minute to score against Sriwijaya, but then piled on another four in quick time.

Brazilian striker Leandro was the catalyst, scoring the opening two goals just before halftime.

An own goal by Sriwijaya early in the second half followed by a goal by Gamba defender Satoshi Yamaguchi put the game out of reach before midfielder Kodai Yasuda completed the scoring in the 66th minute.

Kawasaki Frontale was immediately on the front foot against Central Coast, going ahead after just seven minutes via North Korean international Jong Tae-se's header and leading 3-0 at halftime. Juninho scored eight minutes before half time and set up fellow Brazilian Renatinho's goal that made it 5-0 late in the second half.

It was the heaviest defeat ever for the struggling Mariners, which has not won a domestic or continental match in 2009.

Pohang only needed one goal to down Tianjin, though its dominance merited more. The Steelers wasted a few opportunities before breaking the deadlock after 66 minutes. Brasilia headed the ball across the face of goal and substitute Hwang Jin-sung was there to head home from close range.


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