- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JINAN, China (AP) - Cristiano scored a late equalizer to give Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol a 4-4 draw with Chinese side Shandong Luneng in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

The Brazilian’s second goal of the match in the 78th minute helped Kashiwa to improve to eight points in Group E with two games left in the knockout stage.

Abass Dieng scored in stoppage time as Vietnam’s Binh Duong earned its first points of the tournament after a 1-1 draw with South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors.

In Saitama, Japan, Tomoaki Makino scored in the 74th as Urawa Reds finished in a 1-1 draw with Beijing Guoan, which leads Group G with 10 points.

Suwon Bluewings beat Australian side Brisbane 3-1 in the group’s other match to improve to seven points, all but ending the A-League Roar’s chances of advancing past the group stage.

At Tehran, Persepolis interim coach Hossein Abdi led the Iranian side to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr to take the lead in Group A.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the match in the 61st minute from the penalty spot to take the Reds to nine points from four games, two points clear of second-place Lekhwiya and a further two ahead of Al-Nassr.

Abdi, who stepped in to replace Hamid Derakshan after he left Persepolis last week, will be replaced by former Iran head coach Branko Ivankovic for the next round of matches.

At Doha, Vladimir Weiss scored the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute to lead Qatar side Lekhwiya to a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor, leaving the Uzbek side in last place with only a draw in four matches.

In Group C at Tashkent, Lokomotiv stunned Al Sadd 5-0, turning around a 6-2 defeat the last time the clubs met in Qatar in March.

Two goals from Marat Bikmaev and others from Sanjar Shaakhmedov, Damir Kojasevic and Ruslan Korian moved the Uzbekistan side into third place, three behind leading Al Hilal and Al Sadd, although Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal leads the group on goal difference.

“It’s good to win 5-0, but it is history already,” Lokomotiv coach Vadim Abramov said. “If we lose in the next match everyone will forget today’s result. We wanted to show our loss in Doha was a one-off.”

In the group’s other match, Al Hilal remained on top with a 2-0 win over Iran’s Foolad. Nassir Al Shamrani, the reigning AFC player of the year, returned from a three-match suspension to score the opening goal for the Saudi side with a header in the 46th minute.



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