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Shandong mauls Indonesians

LI Jinyu and Miljan Mrdakovic scored two goals apiece as Chinese champion Shandong Luneng routed Sriwijaya of Indonesia 5-0 in Jinan yesterday in their Asian Champions League match.

Shandong showed encouraging signs by rebounding from a 0-3 loss to Asian champion Gamba Osaka in the opening Group F match last week. Sriwijaya has now conceded nine goals in two lop-sided losses.

Li put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute with a left-foot finish from 8 yards after connecting with Aleksandar Zivkovic's perfectly weighted pass from the left.

Han Peng made it 2-0 in the 20th, chipping in a ball from close range after the Chinese pressed with several shots that were blocked or deflected.

Li scored his second in the 25th, driving in a rising shot from 25 meters.

Mrdakovic added his two goals in the final 10 minutes, scoring in the 80th and 83rd to complete a dominating performance by Shandong.

In Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya Grampus was held to a scoreless draw by Beijing Guo'an in which both sides wasted opportunities.

Nagoya poured forward on the attack throughout the game but couldn't convert chances, including midfielder Yoshizumi Ogawa's header just wide in the first half.

In the waning minutes, Beijing forward Guo Hui's shot looked to be the winner, but Grampus was spared when his shot hit the post.

Both teams are in the tournament for the first time and both opened with wins last week.

Nagoya beat South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 in its first match and Beijing Guo'an opened with a 2-0 win at home over Australia's Newcastle Jets.

Jets' veteran striker Sasho Petrovski scored two first-half goals as Newcastle beat Ulsan Hyundai 2-0. Petrosvki scored in the 15th minute, with a left-foot volley off a set piece, and again in the 43rd minute.

It was the 33-year-old Petrovski's first home match for Newcastle after transferring from A-League rival Central Coast at the end of the season last month. Petrovski signed a two-year contract with the Jets after two years with the Mariners, the other Australian team contesting the ACL.

In Seoul, a hat-trick from Gamba Osaka striker Leandro gave the Asian Champions League holders a 4-2 win over FC Seoul in a Group G match. All three of the Brazilian's goals came in the second half of an entertaining and open game at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and put the J-League team three points clear atop the group.

Until Leandro's intervention with 30 minutes remaining, the score was 1-1 with Seoul on top after a slow start.

Gamba took advantage of a defensive mistake after 13 minutes. Han Tae-yoo's weak backpass was intercepted and Masato Yamazaki hit a low shot into the corner of the Seoul net.

The strike rocked the host and the same player could have extended Gamba's lead shortly after. But Seoul rallied and South Korea international winger Lee Chung-yung saw a close range shot well-saved by Yosuke Fujigaya.

Kim Chi-woo and Ki Sung-yung also went close before the break, while Osaka's Brazilian striker Lucas Severino fired over the bar from inside the area.

After the break, Seoul leveled after 54 minutes when Lee fed Jung inside the area and the striker side-footed home from close range.


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