(The main highlights from Kashiwa Reysol’s success over Buriram United on Matchday Five of the AFC Champions League, including Leandro Domingues’ outstanding individual effort which means the Sun Kings are once again in control of their own destiny in Group H)
A fascinating final day is in store in Group H of the 2012 AFC Champions League, as Kashiwa Reysol won a crucial tie versus Buriram United 1-0 at the Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium, but their chances of qualifying for for the Round of 16 were made more difficult by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors coming from behind in Guangzhou to defeat Evergrande 3-1. Had the Southern China Tigers taken just a point at home, the Sun Kings would have only needed to draw at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on 15 May to progress, but they now must win in South Korea against a team they defeated 5-1 on Matchday One.
Leandro Domingues scored the only goal of the tie with a wonderful individual effort 24 minutes into the first half. Gathering a pass from Ricardo Lobo midway inside Buriram’s half, he glided past three challenges before planting a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner from sixteen yards. The Thunder Castle, who were restricted to shots from distance and were unable to beat replacement goalkeeper Koji Inada, in fine form in the Reysol goal, must now rely on Kashiwa Reysol failing to overcome Jeonbuk and win their remaining fixture against Evergrande to make the cut for the latter stages of the tournament.
Leandro Domingues 24′
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