Two J.League clubs attained mixed results on Tuesday night in their 2017 AFC Champions League group stage matches.
Urawa Reds welcomed Chinese powerhouse Shanghai SIPG to Saitama Stadium, escaping with a 1-0 win thanks to Rafael Silva’s goal just before half-time.
Goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa stopped Oscar’s penalty kick in the 65th minute before watching the former Chelsea man’s second attempt from the spot sail far over the net in the 76th.
Following the shutout, the Reds moved atop SIPG in Group F on goal difference, with both sides all but certain of progressing to the Round of 16.
At the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, Gamba Osaka had a rougher time in their 3-0 loss to Jiangsu Suning, with goals to Alex Teixeira, Ramires and Jeong-ho Hong all conceded in the first half.
The result leaves Gamba last in Group H, but still with a chance to escape the group stage if they run the table against Adelaide United and Jeju United.
In Wendesday night’s action, Kawasaki Frontale will host Guangzhou Evergrande while Kashima Antlers travel to face Brisbane Roar.