Posted on May 30
South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai sent Japanese title-holders Kashiwa Reysol crashing out of the AFC Champions League with an entertaining 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Ulsan were aided by a Naoya Kondo own-goal as they became the only K-League side to reach the quarter-finals, after 2010 Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma were ousted a day earlier.
Kim Shin-Wook put the hosts ahead on 54 minutes before Brazilian midfielder Leandro Domingues equalised for Kashiwa. But Kondo's blunder restored the lead for Ulsan, who got their third on 88 minutes through Lee Keun-Ho.
Kashiwa's Junya Tanaka rifled home a left-footed volley in injury-time but it came too late for a revival by the J-League side, who impressed at last year's Club World Cup under their Brazilian coach Nelsinho.
In Wednesday's other match, Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi was making his debut in the competition with his new club, Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Australia's Adelaide United reached the quarter-finals on Tuesday along with Uzbek league-winners Bunyodkor, who ousted Seongnam.
Last week, three Saudi teams reached the quarter-finals -- two-time winners Al Ittihad, Al Hilal and Al Ahli -- along with Sepahan of Iran.