Guangzhou and Al Hilal cruise into Asian Champions League semis

Guangzhou Evergrande's Zheng Long (left) and goalscorer Huang Bowen celebrate Source: AAP

Guangzhou Evergrande moved into the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate victory over Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol, after Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg ended 1-1.

Brazilian striker Cristiano gave Kashiwa early hope after just 13 minutes, reducing the 3-1 advantage the home team had from last month’s first leg in Japan.

But Huang Bowen quashed hopes of a comeback with a volley after 30 minutes, with the 2013 champion holding its line until the final whistle.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou will now await Japan’s Gamba Osaka or Korea Reublic's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for its semi-final showdown.

Digao's 87th-minute strike salvaged a 2-2 draw for Al-Hilal as the Saudi Arabia Pro League side secured progression to the semi-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win over Lekhwiya.

Al-Hilal took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Carlos Eduardo, but Ismaeel Mohammad's goal levelled matters on the stroke of half-time.

Qatar Stars League champion Lekhwiya thought it had sealed victory on the day thanks to a goal from ex-Swansea City defender Chico Flores, but Digao's late effort ensured the second leg ended even.

Source Omnisport