Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mixed night for Australian's in the ACL

Josh Kennedy escapes a tackle from
fellow Australian Adam Griffiths (L)
It’s a sign of Australia’s growing engagement with Asia that three Australian’s were involved in AFC Champions League action last night, outside of Melbourne Victory’s clash with Gamba Osaka.

The match between Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown and Nagoya Grampus of the J.League saw two Australian’s – Adam Griffiths and Josh Kennedy – pitted against each other.

And somewhat surprisingly it was the Chinese side that came out on top, winning the encounter 2-0 in front of a boisterous crowd of over 28,000 at the Yellow Dragon Sports Centre in Hangzhou.

Adam Griffiths was substituted after just 42 minutes, whilst Josh Kennedy played the full game but was unable to have much of an impact as Hangzhou dominated most of the game.

On the other side of the continent in Uzbekistan, Pakhtakor were taking on Saudi side Al Nassr.

Jon McKain, previously with the Wellington Phoenix, was in the starting line-up for Al Nassr.

In a see-sawing contest, Pakhtakor looked headed for a home win first up before disaster struck when Serbian defender Bojan Miladinovic conceded an own goal in the 88th minute, levelling the scores at 2-2 which is how the game finished.


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