Socceroos Burns and Sainsbury lock horns in AFC Champions League

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Socceroos pair Nathan Burns and Trent Sainsbury went head-to-head in the AFC Champions League as FC Tokyo and Jiangsu Suning drew 0-0.

Striker Burns, who was replaced in the 64th minute, couldn't get the better of his Australian opposite number as centre back Sainsbury helped to ensure Jiangsu remain unbeaten in Group E. Star signing Ramires missed the game through suspension as Jiangsu struggled to make a breakthrough.

With two draws and one victory to their name, Jiangsu are one point ahead of Burns' Tokyo side who sit in third place.

Jeonbuk Motors seized the opportunity and raced to the top of the group with a 2-0 victory over Binhn Duong, a game where Australian Erik Paartalu played his part in the heart of midfield. Goals were scored by Lee Don-Gook and Ricardo Lopes.

Elsewhere, Brazilian Nilmar made the difference as he netted twice to help Al Nasr to a 2-1 win over Al Ittihad and top spot in AFC Champions League Group A.

Lokomotiv Tashkent recorded a 2-0 away win over Sepahan to go second behind Al Nasr with five points from three games. Marat Bikmaev opened the scoring in the 15th minute before Sardor Mirzayev added a second late on to put the match to bed.

Pakhtakor saw off Tractor Sazi 1-0 in Group C courtesy of a single Igor Sergeev strike shortly before the interval to keep their chances of reaching the next round alive.

Fares Juma netted a late equaliser to help Al Jazira to a 1-1 draw with Al Hilal, cancelling out Ailton Almeida's first-half strike.

Shanghai SIPG went top of Group G after a 2-1 home win over Gamba Osaka. Elkeson gifted the hosts the lead shortly before the interval, but Patric restored parity at the hour mark. Nevertheless, Elkeson struck again minutes later to give the Chinese side all full three points.

Melbourne Victory maintained their unbeaten status as they held Suwon Bluewings to a scoreless draw.

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