AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers play out goalless draw at Guangzhou Evergrande in quarter-final first leg

  • Holders Kashima Antlers earned a 0-0 draw at two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande in their AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday

  • In a game of few chances, the Brazilian-born striker Elkeson — who is poised to make his debut for China after switching nationalities — fluffed a presentable opportunity midway through the second half to give Fabio Cannavaro's Chinese Super League side the lead

  • Brazilian international Paulinho then had a golden opportunity at the death, but he mistimed his close-range header for Evergrande

Shanghai: Holders Kashima Antlers earned a 0-0 draw at two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande in their AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

 AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers play out goalless draw at Guangzhou Evergrande in quarter-final first leg

Zheng Zhi (L) of China's Guangzhou Evergrande kicks the ball past Ryohei Shirasaki of Japan's Kashima Antlers during their AFC Champions League quarter-final. AFP

It leaves the J-League side with a small advantage going into the return fixture on 18 September and was a successive stalemate between Japanese and Chinese teams after Urawa Reds drew at Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.

In a game of few chances, the Brazilian-born striker Elkeson — who is poised to make his debut for China after switching nationalities — fluffed a presentable opportunity midway through the second half to give Fabio Cannavaro's Chinese Super League side the lead.

Anderson Talisca, the Brazilian attacking midfielder, crossed and the ball deflected to Elkeson, but the 30-year-old failed to make much contact and the chance was swallowed up.

Shoma Doi, Ryohei Shirasaki and Ayase Ueda all had chances for the visitors in the second half at a packed Tianhe Stadium, but Cannavaro's men held firm.

As 90 minutes approached Kashima looked the more likely to break the deadlock and Shirasaki rattled the crossbar from distance.

Brazilian international Paulinho then had a golden opportunity at the death, but he mistimed his close-range header for Evergrande.

On Tuesday, Brazilian striker Hulk scored twice from the penalty spot to rescue Shanghai SIPG in a 2-2 home draw with Urawa Reds.

Urawa will go into the second leg in Japan as slight favourites on the away-goals rule, but it could have been so much better after they led 2-0 at the break.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2019 20:20:30 IST