Beijing, Kawasaki clash for final qualifying spot in AFC Champions League east zone (2)

08:45, April 28, 2010      

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In Group F, J-League champions Kashima host K-League champions Jeonbuk looking for the win or draw that will secure top spot and a home tie in the round of 16 against the Group H runners-up, either Adelaide or Pohang.

Kashima, who have the competition's only 100 per cent record, have 15 points, three ahead of Jeonbuk.

Jeonbuk lost 2-1 at home to Kashima on matchday two, but can leapfrog the Antlers if they pick up three points and better their rivals in a head-to-head record.

In the group's other match, Indonesian champions Persipura Jayapura host Changchun Yatai looking to end a run of five losses in their tournament debut.

In the west, Al Ittihad, last year's finalists, visit Group B leaders Zobahan in Iran on Wednesday knowing a win would secure them top spot and a home tie in the round of 16.

The 'Tigers', back-to-back champions in 2004 and 2005, will be without Algeria striker Abdelmalik Ziaya and left-back Saleh Al Saqri through suspension, while Zobahan midfielder Ghasem Hadadifar will also miss the game.

Zobahan have 10 points - two more than Ittihad and three more than Bunyodkor - but cannot be overtaken by Luiz Felipe Scolari's men as the Esfahan club have a better head-to-head record.

If Ittihad draw with Zobahan, Bunyodkor can leapfrog their Saudi rivals into second place by winning at home against bottom-placed Al Wahda. The hosts will be missing Uzbekistan center-back Anzur Ismailov through suspension.

If Ittihad lose, Bunyodkor could progress with a draw, as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side have topped the Jeddah giants in head-to-head contests.

Whatever the results, either Al Ittihad or Bunyodkor, who were both among the pre-tournament favorites and are among Asia's wealthiest clubs, will suffer a painful group-stage exit.

In Group A, Tehran giants Esteghlal have 11 points and Qatari champions Al Gharafa have 10 as both face away games on Wednesday trying to secure top spot.

Esteghlal visit Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, while Al Gharafa visit Al Ahli in Jeddah.

Source:Xinhua
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