- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Alex Teixeira scored and Ramires was sent off for Jiangsu Suning as the big-spending Chinese club beat Jeonbuk Motors 3-2 in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.

Teixeira, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in February, scored in the first half with a low shot from outside the area.

Second-half strikes from former Everton and Manchester City striker Jo and Xu Li restored the host’s advantage after Lee Dong-gook brought Jeonbuk level. Jiangsu also scored an own-goal late in the match.

Ramires, bought last month from Premier League champion Chelsea, was sent off for a push in injury time.

Jiangsu moved to the top of Group E with four points from two games. FC Tokyo is level on points with Jeonbuk after beating Binh Duong 3-1 at home.

Another first-round exit is looming for Japanese champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima after a 4-1 loss to FC Seoul.

In its past three appearances, the J-League team has never progressed past the group stage.

Three goals from Seoul striker Adriano, the Brazilian who scored four in the 6-0 win over Buriram United last week, put the match out of reach after the Japanese team had taken a first-half lead.

Seoul is at the top of Group F with six points, above Shandong Luneng on goal difference. The Chinese team beat Thai club Buriram 3-0 with goals from Zhao Mingjian and Brazilian duo of Diego Tardelli and Jucilei.

In Group A, Al Nasr of the United Arab Emirates is level in first place with Sepahan after a 2-0 home win over the Iranian side. Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad and Lokomotiv Tashkent played to a 1-1 draw, their second in a row in the competition.

At Jeddah, Temurkhuja Abdukholikov’s penalty in the 80th minute leveled for Lokomotiv after Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari’s 14th-minute goal put the home side ahead.

Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia moved into first place in Group B with a 1-0 away win over Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor. The Saudi team is level on points but ahead on goal difference with Iran’s Zob Ahan, which played to a scoreless home draw with Lekhwiya of Qatar.

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