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S. Korean football club Jeju open AFC Champions League with loss

2018/02/14 21:54

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SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football club Jeju United fell 1-0 to Japanese side Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday in their first match at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

Jeju, last year's runners-up in the K League 1, gave up the winning goal to Cerezo midfielder Kota Mizunuma in second half stoppage time at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, and picked up their first loss in Group G.

This was the first encounter between these two teams in the AFC Champions League (ACL). Both teams are in their third run at Asia's premier club football tournament.

Elsewhere, Suwon Samsung Bluewings beat Australian A-League side Sydney FC 2-0 in their Group H opener at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, thanks to Dejan Damjanovic's double in the second half.

Jeju and Suwon are two of the four South Korean clubs at the ACL this season. On Tuesday, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, last year's K League 1 champions, defeated Japanese outfit Kashiwa Reysol 3-2 to start their Group E campaign, while Ulsan Hyundai FC played to a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory in Australia in their Group F opener.

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