SEOUL, South Korea — Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka drew 0-0 on the second night of the Asian Champions League quarterfinals, with the South Korean hosts frustrated against their Japanese opponents.
After plenty of goals in the first two games, Jeonbuk, the K-League champions and 2006 Asian Champions League winners, had plenty of opportunities to break the deadlock and take an advantage to the home of the J-League winners for next month's second leg, but were unable to do so.
Lee Dong-guk, aged 36 and the continental tournament's record goal scorer, went close on a number of occasions only to be foiled by Gamba, which is looking for a second continental title to add to its 2008 triumph.
In Tehran, Brazilian Lima scored the only goal with a diving header in the 62nd minute to give United Arab Emirates side Al Ahli a 1-0 win over Naft Tehran.
Despite having the home advantage in Dubai for the second match, Al Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu believes the quarterfinal tie is far from over.
"We know how strong Naft are with free kicks and at set pieces, so that we shouldn't think that we are past this stage by now," Olaroiu was quoted as saying on the Asian Football Confederation website.
On Tuesday, Guangzhou Evergrande, led by 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, showed why it is tipped for a second title in three years by winning 3-1 at Japan's Kashiwa Reysol. And 2014 finalist Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia also looks good for the semifinals with a 4-1 home win against Qatari champion Lekhwiya.
The second legs will take place on Sept. 15 and 16.