AFC Champions League: Group H live-blog – 전북 현대 모터스 (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) v. 柏レイソル (Kashiwa Reysol)

0 Min: Welcome to today’s match in the 2012 AFC Champions League, which pits the respective reigning K-League and J.League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Kashiwa Reysol against each other in a match the Sun Kings must win to qualify for the Round of 16. Reysol’s poor start to the domestic season has been well-documented on Football Japan, the gap between league leaders Vegalta Sendai and the Sun Kings currently thirteen points, while Jeonbuk are relatively comfortable in sixth position, merely five points behind table-topping Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

The South Korean side suffered from a dreadful opening to Group H, having been receiving end of 5-1 thrashings from Guangzhou Evergrande and Reysol, but since then have won three consecutive Group H games, including an impressive 3-1 victory at the Tianhe Stadium on Matchday Five to head the Group, and they have form in the competition, losing only on penalties to eventual winners in Al-Sadd in the 2011 final.

I’ll have team news for you from the Jeonju World Cup Stadium very soon.

0 Min: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – Kim Min-Sik; Kim Sang-Sik, Jin Kyung-Sun, Choi Chul-Soon, Park Won-Jae; Eninho, Jung Hoon, Kim Jung-Woo, Hugo Droguett, Seo Sang-Min; Lee Dong-Gook

Substitutes – Lee Bum-Soo; Jeon Kwang-Hwan, Sim Woo-Yeon, Luiz Henrique; Lee Seung-Hyun, Kim Dong-Chan; Jeong Seong-Hoon

0 Min: Kashiwa Reysol – Sugeno; Kondo, Sakai, Masushima, Nasu; Otani, Leandro Domingues, Jorge Wagner, Barada; Tanaka, Kudo

Substitutes – Inada; Fukui, Sawa; An, Kurisawa, Mizuno; Hayashi

0 Min: We’re just about to kick-off at what appears a sparsely populated Jeonju World Cup Stadium, as the clock ticks over to 11:00 BST/19:00 JST.

1 Min: And Jeonbuk kick-off, in a match which I’ll re-iterate Reysol must win to proceed to the next round. Any other result seems them eliminated from the competition.

2 Mins: It would appear from the early moments that Hiroki Sakai has switched to a left-back position, and he wins a corner which Leandro Domingues will take.

3 Mins: Domingues sends his delivery beyond the first defender, but it’s well-cleared with a Kim Sang-Sik header.

4 Mins: Naoya Kondo gives away an unnecessary free-kick 10 yards outside the penalty area, which Eninho takes but Masushima heads well away from danger.

6 Mins: A spell of possession for the home side ends with Seo Sang-Min unceremoniously felled by Hidekazu Otani. Eninho attempts to strike from long distance, but it merely hits Tatsuya Masushima in the face.

9 Mins: A throw-in well inside the Jeonbuk half eventually makes its way to Hiroki Sakai, now back in his familiar position, whose left footed effort doesn’t trouble Kim Min-Sik.

10 Mins: Jorge Wagner is found in space on the left, which is too close to Kim in the Jeonbuk goal, and he collects easily.

10 Mins: Ten minutes played, it’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 0.

12 Mins: Steady beginnings from Reysol against a Jeonbuk side who in the game’s opening minutes are quite content to sit deep.

14 Mins: The first hint of an opportunity for the Sun Kings, but a pass to Leandro Domingues forces him wider than he would have liked, and his cross from inside the penalty area is under the crossbar for Min-Sik to catch.

16 Mins: Otani catches Seo Sang-Min on the ankle, and Eninho’s long ball is headed backwards by Park Won-Jae well clear of Takanori Sugeno’s goal.

17 Mins: Excellent defending from Tatsuya Masushima prevents Hugo Droguett from latching on to Lee Dong-Gook’s header back across goal. Dong-Gook was ideally positioned to aim at goal, but perhaps in being unselfish chose the wrong option. A let-off for Reysol, which followed excellent work from Eninho.

20 Mins: Akimi Barada forces Choi Chul-Soon to conceded a corner, but Domingues’s delivery is straight into the arms of Kim Min-Sik.

23 Mins: Jorge Wagner forces Min-Sik into making a save, Domingues chipping a ball into the penalty area which Kudo heads on, and the Brazilian whipped a shot left-footed which was beaten away at the near post for a corner. Yet again Domingues fails to find a Reysol player from the dead ball.

26 Mins: Reysol are working the ball patiently around in midfield, but in committing few players forward, they are significantly outmatched in central areas.

28 Mins: Naoya Kondo gives away an unnecessary set piece 30 yards from goal, climbing over the back of Lee Dong-Gook. The dead-ball routine, obviously practiced on the training ground, falls flat as it finds the back of Tatsuya Masushima and dribbles into the hands of Sugeno.

30 Mins: The clock shows thirty minutes played, and it’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 0.

32 Mins: A good period of possession for Reysol ends with Daisuke Nasu lofting a ball over the Jeonbuk defence for Junya Tanaka, but the forward is narrowly offside. Tanaka would have had a clear run on goal if his timing had been marginally better.

35 Mins: Daisuke Nasu has a run down the Reysol left, but cuts in on to his weaker right foot, and slices his drive well-wide of Min-Sik’s right upright.

37 Mins: Kondo pulls the shirt of Lee Dong-Gook this time, and from the set piece they fail to clear. Otani connects with Seo Sang-Min’s ankle rather than ball, and it’s a free-kick for Jeonbuk from 30 yards. Eninho crashes his effort into the wall.

40 Mins: Masushima takes a long throw from the right, but Sakai impedes Park Won-Jae and the official blows for the foul.

43 Mins: It’s a tight, scrappy affair, two evenly matched midfields assisted by some solid defending, which is making for a fairly dreary encounter so far.

45 Mins: There will be one minute to be added on at the end of the first period. Reysol keep the ball in defence, and Saki nearly places Masushima in trouble with a weak back pass than Droguett came close to intercepting. The centre-back did well to recover.

45 Mins+1: And the officlal signals for the end of the first period.

HT: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 0

HT: A dreary, flat first-half ends with little to recommend it, Wagner’s shot and Lee Dong-Gook’s header across goal the closest we have come to a goal. Reysol will be relatively satisfied with their performance, however, and have 45 minutes to find the single goal without reply that will take them through to the next stage of the competition.

46 Mins: Reysol get the second period going.

47 Mins: A bizarre decision from the Bahraini official to penalise Hidekazu Otani for a non-existent challenge on Eninho. Fortunately for Reysol the set piece is cleared.

49 Mins: GOAL! Leandro Domingues makes the crucial breakthrough after a defensive mix-up from Jeonbuk. He’s clear on the right inside the penalty area, and his low finish across Kim Min-Sik nestles in the bottom left-hand corner.

49 Mins: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 1

51 Mins: It’s a goal which will force Jeonbuk on the attack, their own progress resting on a draw in this match or better.

54 Mins: The first yellow card of the game is shown to Jin Kyung-Sun, ploughing into the back of Leandro Domingues. It’s a free-kick 40 yards from goal which Wagner bends left-footed into the penalty area. It’s headed on by Daisuke Nasu, and Naoya Kondo dives to meet the ball which he nods inches wide. Will the miss prove costly to the Sun Kings?

56 Mins: Lee Sung-Hyun enters play in place of Hugo Droguett.

58 Mins: A small break in play as Naoya Kondo goes down under an aerial challenge from Lee Dong-Gook.

60 Mins: A pass from sends Masato Kudo through one-on-one with Min-Sik, but it’s just a little too heavy and with the South Korean goalkeeper off his line quickly, he claims.

60 Mins: Half an hour left to play plus any stoppages, it’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 1.

61 Mins: Reysol look like they are capable of attacking a more advanced Jeonbuk side on the break, and have nearly broken through twice more.

63 Mins: GOAL! A lovely break down the right sees Hiroki Sakai square a ball to Leandro Domingues, and he cuts inside Kim Jung-Woo before shooting left-footed from twelve yards. Kim Min-Sik save’s well diving to his left, but the ball rolls against the post and Junya Tanaka is on hard to complete the simplest of tap-ins.

63 Mins: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2.

65 Mins: Masato Kudo should have ended this contest. Otani played a pass to Tanaka, and with his back to goal he neatly chipped the ball over his shoulder to the on-rushing Kudo. Kudo’s attemped lob over Min-Sik, however, clears the crossbar.

68 Mins: It’s one foul too many for Hidekazu Otani, who chops down Lee Seung-Hyun on the left and he is the first Reysol player into the notebook.

69 Mins: Leandro Domingues is clearly pulled back by Park Won-Jae running through the middle, when he would have advanced one-on-one by Min-Sik. Had it been seen by the official, it would almost certainly have merited a red card.

73 Mins: Lee Seung-Hyun, who only came on to the pitch 17 minutes ago, is replaced by Jeong Seong-Hoon.

74 Mins: Reysol are passing the ball around in midfield with ease, but ideally would find the third to completely kill off this match as a contest.

75 Mins: Excellent play from Hiroki Sakai on the right, beating Park Won-Jae and the defend is shown a yellow card for pulling back the defender.

76 Mins: The set piece is to the right of the Jeonbuk penalty area. Wagner’s ball curls goalwards, and Min-Sik’s punch is weak but eventually cleared away.

77 Mins: PENALTY! It’s a very debatable decision, Naoya Kondo challenging seemingly fairly with Lee Dong-Gook as both players went to ground, but the official pointing to the spot.

78 Mins: The decision is made an irrelevance as Lee Dong-Gook beats Takanori Sugeno, but his spot kick strikes the post and rebounds away from goal. Sugeno dived the right way but would not have saved had his effort been more precise.

80 Mins: Ten minutes left to play, it’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2.

82 Mins: After Sakai, Domingues, Wagner, Barada and Tanaka are all involved in midfield eventually Tanaka tries his luck from distance, Min-Sik diving to his left to save.

83 Mins: The first change for Kashiwa Reysol, and the last action for Junya Tanaka, as he makes way for Koki Mizuno.

86 Mins: After some late pressure from Jeonbuk but in which they have been unable to test Sugeno, Masato Kudo exits the field for Ryohei Hayashi. Unless Buriram United and Guangzhou Evergrande draw in Thailand, last year’s finalists will exit the 2012 tournament at the group stage.

88 Mins: The seconds are counting down and Reysol are in possession in midfield. Mizuno is challenged unfairly by Jung Hoon, ceding a free-kick to Reysol forty yards away. Hayashi controls Domingues’s lofted ball into the 18-yard area, and wins a corner off Jung Hoon.

90 Mins: While the corner is poor, Reysol are now three minutes away from the Round of 16.

90 Mins+2: It certainly won’t be Jeonbuk’s night. Jeung Seong-Hoon is inches away from a ball which flashes across Sugeno’s six-yard box, but can’t apply the finishing touch with is outstretched leg.

90 Mins+3: CROSSBAR! Jorge Wagner’s bending effort from distance thuds against Min-Sik’s bar with the goalkeeper beaten, but it doesn’t matter as the official blows his whistle for full-time, and Kashiwa Reysol are into the Round of 16.

FT: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2

FT: A surprisingly easy win for Reysol, against a side which beyond Lee Dong-Gook’s spot kick failed to provide any test for Takanori Sugeno. Masushima and Kondo were excellent in defence, and Hiroki Sakai provided confirmation of what will be missed as he was a constant menace on the right flank. The Sun Kings go top of Group H temporarily, and both Reysol and Jeonbuk now await the result of Buriram United versus Guangzhou Evergrande with interest.

FT: Thank you for joining me. A full match report will appear on

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