J-League representatives Kashiwa Reysol took a big step toward advancing to the 2015 AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday with a spirited 3-2 win at Suwon Bluewings.
The closely-fought game was as exciting as the same encounter two years ago, when Reysol were awarded four penalty kicks on the way to a 6-2 victory.
On Tuesday it was the K-League representatives who struck first, with Yeom Ki-hun heading in Jong Tae-se’s cross just two minutes after the opening whistle. But Reysol were fast to respond, with a laser-sharp through pass from Leandro reaching Akimi Barada who calmly slotted in the equaliser.
Leandro’s first goal of the night came in the 28th minute from the spot after Kosuke Taketomi was pulled down in the penalty area, putting Reysol into the lead. The Brazilian’s second came 10 minutes in the second half with an assist courtesy of teammate Cristiano.
Just four minutes later it was Yeom Ki-hun assisting Jong Tae-se, whose tall header brought the hosts to within a goal. But Reysol withstood a fierce Bluewings attack for the remaining half hour, bringing back three crucial away goals to Kashiwa ahead of next week’s second leg.