Leandro Double Sinks Mariners
Leandro Domingues scored twice and created another Wednesday as Kashiwa Reysol torpedoed Australia's Central Coast Mariners 3-1 to take a firm grip on their AFC Champions League group.
The Brazilian midfielder cancelled out Dutch defender Patrick Zwaanswijk's headed opener before setting up Kenta Kano in a fine move to put the home side ahead on 67 minutes.
As the clock ticked down to the final whistle, he buried a sizzling volley to make sure of the win, and the Mariners missed a chance to narrow the deficit when Michael McGlinchey's penalty was saved by Kashiwa 'keeper Takanori Sugeno.
Emperor's Cup-holders Kashiwa now have a maximum six points from two games in Group H, an advantage of four points over South Korea's Suwon Bluewings who were held 0-0 at home by Guizhou Renhe of China.
Central Coast, led by ex-Australia boss Graham Arnold, have one point from two games after last month's 0-0 draw at home to Suwon.
Among Wednesday's other matches, Beijing Guoan were hosting Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor were at home to the tournament's 2009 winners, Pohang Steelers of South Korea.