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AFC Champions League Review: Paulinho gives Guangzhou the edge as Kawasaki Frontale impress

Paulinho struck 15 minutes from time to give Guangzhou Evergrande a 1-0 advantage over Kashima Antlers in their AFC Champions League last-16 tie.

Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who won the tournament with Guangzhou in 2015, converted from close range when Yu Hanchao's corner skidded across the six-yard box to catch out the Antlers defence.

Kawasaki Frontale and Al-Hilal are in command of their ties after respective away wins at Muangthong United and Esteghlal Khuzestan.

Kawasaki were 1-0 down at the interval at SCG Stadium after Muangthong skipper Teerasil Dangda struck in stoppage time.

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But Kengo Nakamura levelled midway through the second half and substitute Yu Kobayashi followed his sweetly volleyed second by setting up Hiroyuki Abe to put Toru Oniki's men 3-1 ahead and firmly in charge.

Al-Hilal were similarly behind to a late first-half goal from Hassan Beit Saeid but two in the space of six minutes before the hour from Abdullah Al Zori and Carlos Eduardo turned the tie around and sealed a 2-1 scoreline on the night.

Elsewhere, Persepolis were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Lekhwiya and could ultimately rue Mehdi Taremi having a penalty brilliantly saved by Qasem Burhan in the 82nd minute.

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