This Wednesday, Apr 12, all eyes were on Eastern, when they travelled to South Korea to take on Suwon Bluewings in the Asian Champions League. However, despite hopes to repeat the inspiring performances from the ACL home games, Chan Yuen-ting’s men succumbed to a clear-cut 5-0 defeat, that also laid bare an obvious difference in quality.
Eastern remained harmless throughout the entire game, which ended up being a relatively easy affair for the hosts. Suwon took the lead in the 37th minute, when Yeom Ki-kun scored from a header. In the second half Eastern showed a bit more courage to go forward, but this also led to bigger gaps in the defence, offering Suwon even more opportunities in return. After conceding the second goal in the 63rd minute, the floodgates were eventually opened, with Suwon scoring another three goals in just five minutes, two by striker Johnathan and one by Ko Seung-beom. In the parallel game, Kawasaki Frontale held Guangzhou Evergrande to a goalless draw in Japan, which now leaves Suwon Bluewings on top of Group G with 8 points, followed by Guangzhou (6), and Kawasaki (4). Eastern remain at the bottom with a single point out of four games, making a qualification to the Round of 16 practically impossible. On 25 Apr the reigning Hong Kong champions will host Guangzhou Evergrande at Mong Kok Stadium for their last ACL home game, which have been sold out for several months.
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