football-AFC Champions League


football-AFC Champions League
Suwon held to 1-1 draw by Shanghai Shenhua in AFC Champions League 
   SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football club Suwon Samsung Bluewings collected their first draw in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League after playing to a 1-1 tie with Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday.
   Left wing-back Lee Ki-je scored the opening goal at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, but the K League 1 club surrendered an equalizer in the second half after conceding a penalty kick. 
  Suwon now have one win, one draw and one loss in Group H. They previously blanked Sydney FC 2-0, but fell 2-1 to Kashima Antlers. 
   Suwon made their first shot of the match just two minutes after the kickoff, though Im Sang-hyeob's effort off a Lee Ki-je cross went wide. 
   Suwon captain Yeom Ki-hun and striker Dejan Damjanovic later came close to scoring, but failed to find the net in the first half. 
   Damjanovic's powerful free kick in the 28th minute was parried away by Shanghai goalkeeper Li Shuai. The 36-year-old Montenegrin tapped a cross from Yeom two minutes later, but it went straight to Li's hands. 
   In the 31st, Yeom fired a left-footed attempt uncontested in the box, only to see it go over the net. He then launched another left-footed strike in the 38th, but Li denied his attempt. 

   Shanghai, having made only two shots in the first half, started the second half by putting Colombian attacking midfielder Giovanni Moreno on for Gao Di. 
   Suwon finally broke the scoreless deadlock two minutes into the second half. Li punched away Yeom's free kick from the right flank, but Lee Ki-je followed up with a left-footed screamer that found the bottom left corner of the net. 
   Suwon then went for their second goal of the night in the 57th with Kim Jong-woo's strike from distance, but it was stopped by Li. 
   Shanghai's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin nearly gave the visitors an equalizer in the 68th, when he intercepted a pass and fired a right-footed strike in the box. Suwon goalkeeper No Dong-geon made a superb save to deny the former Inter Milan player's effort. 
   Following a corner kick, Shanghai defender Aidi Fulang Xisi fell down in the box after making physical contact with Suwon's right wing-back Cristovam in the 69th. The referee awarded a penalty to the Chinese Super League club, which was converted by Moreno a minute later.
   After conceding the equalizer, Suwon made their first substitution in the 71st, when Brazilian forward Waguininho came on for Im. Seo Jung-won's side then made another substitution in the 83rd to boost their attack, with forward Kim Gun-hee coming to the pitch for Cristovam.
   With four minutes of stoppage time added, Waguininho fired a right-footed strike from a tight angle in the 91st, but it was saved by Li. In the 94th, Waguininho had another chance to score following a poor clearance from a Shanghai defender, but his attempt from close range went wide.