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Kawasaki downs Tianjin 1-0 in ACL

Kawasaki downs Tianjin 1-0 in ACL

Brazilian forward Renatinho scored the lone goal Wednesday to lead Kawasaki Frontale to a 1-0 win over China's Tianjin Teda in their opening Asian Champions League Group H clash.
Renatinho put Kawasaki ahead 16 minutes into the match when he rose up to head in a cross from compatriot Vitor Junior.
Tianjin had several good scoring chances after the break but wasn't able to beat Kawasaki goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
The win put Kawasaki top of the group after the opening round of games, and Tianjin at the bottom. Australia's Central Coast and South Korea's Pohang Steelers drew 0-0 in the other group fixture Wednesday.
Kawasaki finished second in the J-League last year to earn a place in the tournament for the first time since 2007.
Tianjin booked its spot in the competition with a fourth-place finish in the Chinese Super League last season.
Japanese clubs have won the past two ACL titles. Gamba Osaka won the tournament last year while the Urawa Reds won the competition in 2007.


Updated : 2021-05-12 05:15 GMT+08:00