Buriram strike at the death to earn point at Shandong

Buriram United struck in injury-time to force a 1-1 draw at Shandong Luneng Taishan in the opening game of their AFC Champions League Group E campaign.

Following a goalless first half at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium, which saw the visitors enjoy their fair share of chances, Shandong were handed the perfect opportunity to take the lead five minutes after the break when they were awarded a penalty.

However, Aloisio wasted the chance as he blazed over and the Brazilian came even closer three minutes later, only to be be denied by a terrific save from Sivaruck Tedsungnoen.

But seven minutes from time, the hosts finally found the breakthrough after Liu Binbin raced in between Pratum Chuthong and Kai Hirano after a glorious through-ball by Walter Montillo before coolly slotting into the back of the net.

Nonetheless, Buriram refused to give in and were rewarded for their endeavour in the second minute of injury-time after Anawin Jujeen flicked on Pratum’s freekick to substitute Adisak Kraisorn, who made no mistake in lashing a left-footed shot past Wang Dalei to earn his side a valuable point.

In Tuesday’s other Group E game, Pohang Steelers were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cerezo Osaka.

The J.League outfit took the lead in the 11th minute after Yoichiro Kakitani netted, but Bae Chun-suk equalised a minute after the hour mark to earn Pohang a share of the spoils.

Buriram are next in action on March 11 when they entertain Pohang, while Shandong visit Cerezo on the same day.

Shandong Luneng Taishan: Wang Dalei, Wang Tong, Wang Qiang, Du Wei, Zheng Zheng, Wang Yongpo (Liu Binbin 78′), Li Wei (Hao Junmin 46′), Jin Jingdao, Walter Montillo, Aloisio (Han Peng 74′), Vagner Love.

Buriram United: Sivaruck Tedsungnoen, Suree Sukha, Pratum Chuthong, David Rochela, Theerathon Bunmathan, Jakkaphan Kaewprom, Suchao Nutnum (Adisak Kraisorn 68′), Kai Hirano, Carmelo Gonzales, Anawin Jujeen, Jay Simpson (Jirawat Makarom 82′).

Tuesday’s AFC Champions League Results

Group A

Al Jazira 3-2 Al Rayyan

Esteghlal 0-1 Al Shabab

Group B

Al Fateh 0-0 Bunyodkor

El Jaish 0-0 Foolad

Group E

Shandong Luneng Taishan 1-1 Buriram United

Pohang Steelers 1-1 Cerezo Osaka

Group F

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-1 Beijing Guoan

FC Seoul 2-2 Central Coast Mariners

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