- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TOKYO (AP) - Kota Mizunuma scored twice as FC Tokyo opened the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League by beating Shanghai SIPG 2-1 on Tuesday.

Mizunuma scored from a free kick just before halftime and well-timed a volley in the 65th, 10 minutes after striker Wu Lei equalized for the Chinese Super League club.

Leonardo scored a vital away goal for Jeonbuk, helping the K-League club hold Melbourne Victory to 1-1 and a slender advantage in the return leg next week at home.

Besart Berisha’s close-range header in the fifth minute was equalized by Jeonbuk just eight minutes later, after Matthieu Delpierre brought down Han Kyo-won on the edge of the area and Leonardo curled the resulting free kick past Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

“We’ve scored in every one of our away trips this competition,” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said. “We can take confidence from the amount of chances we created.”

Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee said his side did “pretty well” despite being tired from the trip to Australia: “We have one more home game … a home game is much advantage,” he said through a translator.

In other matches, Al Nasr of the United Arab Emirates and El Jaish of Qatar will take big advantages into the second legs, while a third between Lokomotiv and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal was in the balance.

At Dubai, Mahmoud Khamis scored a long-range goal with a minute remaining to cap Al Nasr’s 4-1 home win over Iran’s Tractorsazi Tabriz.

El Jaish downed fellow Qatar side Lekhwiya 4-0 in Doha. Striker Romarinho and Hamedallah Abdurazzaq scored in the first half, Mohamed Methnani added a third nine minutes into the second, and Romarinho scored his second with four minutes remaining.

Uzbekistan goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov ensured Lokomotiv will go into the second leg with Al Hilal in Tashkent with a strong chance of reaching the last eight after the teams drew 0-0 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Nesterov twice denied good chances by the home side.

First legs in the other three round-of-16 matches will be on Wednesday: Japan’s Urawa Reds host South Korea’s FC Seoul at Saitama, Sydney FC travels to Jinan, China to play Shandong Luneng; and Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates hosts Zobahan of Iran.


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