Xenia Sport – Doha
Japanese club Vissel Kobe qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Shanghai SIBG 2-0, Monday, at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, in the round of 16 of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Andres Iniesta (31) and Daegu Nishi (50) scored the two winning goals for Vissel Kobe.
The two teams exchanged offensive attempts at the beginning of the match, and the most prominent opportunity was in favor of Vissel Kobe through Douglas’ header on the goal gate, which went outside the three sticks.
The Japanese team opened the scoring at the 31st minute through Spaniard Andres Iniesta, who received a Hotaru Yamaguchi pass and made the ball before he shot out of reach of goalkeeper Chen Wei.
Shanghai almost scored the equalizer when he got a free-kick directly at the edge of the penalty area, but Oscar hit the ball outside the three sticks.
Vissel Kobe responded with Furuhashi’s breakthrough, who passed more than one defender before slotting with his right an attempt that went past the post.
Vissel Kobe doubled the score at the start of the second half when Furuhashi sent an elaborate cross pass that arrived in front of Diego Nishi to confidently turn it into the net (50) and Vissel Kobe led in the first round the Group G standings with 6 points from four matches, compared to 5 points for the second Samsung Blue Wings, The third Chinese Evergrande, Guangzhou.
On the other hand, Shanghai SIPG ranked second in Group H with 9 points from six games, four points behind Yokohama Marinos, compared to 7 points for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea 5 for Sydney, Australia.
Vissel Kobe almost added the third goal when one of the most prominent stars of the match prepared the ball against Nishi in the face of the goal, but the latter fired without focusing outside the three sticks.
The Chinese team tried to adjust the score in the remaining minutes, but without a real danger to the goal, as the team’s most prominent opportunity was through Wang Xinzhao’s unmarked shot that hit defender Thomas Vermaelen before the defense sent her away.