Nothing Separating Group G Combatants


There is still nothing to separate the four teams in Group G after another pair of draws on Matchday Two left the quartet tied on two points each after two rounds of matches.

There is still nothing to separate the four teams in Group G after another pair of draws on Matchday Two left the quartet tied on two points each after two rounds of matches.

Having rescued a point with a stoppage-time equaliser in their 2-2 draw at Nagoya Grampus in their opening match, Korean FA Cup holders Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma were looking to steal a march on their group rivals when they entertained Chinese FA Cup winners Tianjin Teda two weeks ago.

The 2010 AFC Champions League winners took the lead with a 14th minute Han Sung-wun header but they failed to press home their advantage and were pegged back by Lucian Goian-s header midway through the second half.

Meanwhile, Nagoya travelled to Australia to meet Central Coast Mariners, who had battled to a goalless draw at Tianjin in their opener.

The Japanese side took a 21st minute lead through defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka but the hosts drew level when Patrick Zwaanswijk headed in their first goal of the campaign five minutes later. The A-League club were on top in the second half but they failed to turn their dominance into further goals as they remained winless in the AFC Champions League.

The Mariners will continue their search for an elusive first win in the competition when they entertain Seongnam in Gosford this week. Graham Arnold-s charges are eager for a lift after their 2-0 defeat by Brisbane Roar in the first leg of the A-League major semi-final last Saturday but they can expect few favours from a Seongnam side that have not been beaten in their two previous visits to Australia in the AFC Champions League.

The other game on Tuesday brings together two ambitious sides in Tianjin and Nagoya, who are eager to improve on their performances of last season when they both bowed out in the round of 16.

Tianjin have yet to lose a home match in the AFC Champions League while Nagoya have not managed a win on their previous two visits to China in the competition.

Group G – Matchday 3 Central Coast Mariners (AUS) vs Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR)

This is the first meeting between Central Coast Mariners and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the AFC Champions League. Central Coast are making their second appearance in the competition while Seongnam are taking part for the fifth time.

Central Coast Mariners
· Central Coast are facing a Korean side in the AFC Champions League for only the second time. They took on Pohang Steelers in the 2009 group stage, drawing 0-0 at home and losing 3-2 in Korea to a late goal by Denilson.
· The Mariners are still seeking their first ever win in the AFC Champions League after drawing their first two group games against Tianjin Teda and Nagoya Grampus. They have drawn four and lost four of their previous eight matches in the competition.
· Patrick Zwaanswijk-s 28th minute header was Central Coast-s first goal in this season-s AFC Champions League and their first ever home goal in the competition.
· Tom Rogic was booked against Nagoya to join Predrag Bojic and Adam Kwasnik on a booking apiece after two games. The three players face one-match bans if they pick up another yellow card during the group stage.

Domestic form
· Central Coast Mariners clinched top spot in the A-League and a place in the 2012 AFC Champions League after beating Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in their final game of the season on March 25. However, they lost 2-0 to Brisbane Roar in the first leg of the major semi-final last Saturday.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mathew Ryan (Gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 3. Joshua Rose, 4. Pedj Bojic, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 7. John Hutchinson, 9. Bernie Ibini, 10. Adriano Pellegrino, 11. Oliver Bozanic, 12. Troy Hearfield, 13. Stuart Musialik, 14. Michael McGlinchey, 15. Brad McDonald, 16. Trent Sainsbury, 17. Tomas Rogic, 18. Alex Wilkinson (C), 19. John Sutton, 20. Justin Pasfield (Gk), 21. Sam Gallagher, 22. Mustafa Amini, 23. Adam Kwasnik, 24. Anthony Caceres, 25. Mitchell Duke, 26. Jimmy Oates, 27. Trent McClenahan, 30. David Bradasevic (Gk)

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
· Seongnam have yet to be beaten in an AFC Champions League match in Australia. They came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Adelaide United in the 2007 group stage and beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 in the 2010 group stage.
· Seongnam have not managed a win in their last four away matches in the AFC Champions League following their 2-2 draw at Nagoya Grampus on Matchday One. They have lost three and drawn once since their 1-0 victory at Beijing Guoan in March 2010.
· After being the competition-s most penalised team on Matchday One with five bookings, Seongnam did not receive any yellow cards during the 1-1 draw with Tianjin two weeks ago. Defenders Yun Young-sun, Sasa Ognenovski and Hong Chul, and midfielders Kim Sung- hwan and Jeon Sung-chan have received one yellow card each and face suspensions if they are booked again during the group stage.

Domestic form
· Seongnam-s poor start to the K-League season continued when they lost 1-0 at home to Busan I-Park last Friday. The Korean FA Cup holders have won only one of their first five games and are in 14th place, eight points behind leaders Suwon.

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma: 1. Ha Kang-Jin (Gk), 3. Yun Young-Sun, 4. Sasa Ognenovski, 5. Lee Jae-Kwang, 6. Park Jin-Po, 8. Kim Sung-Joon, 9. Everton Santos, 10. Vladimir Jovancic, 11. Han Sung-Hwan, 12. Hong Chul, 13. Lee Hyun-Ho, 14. Yoon Bit-Garam, 15. Kim Pyung-Rae, 16. Kim Sung-Hwan, 17. Jeon Hyun-Cheol, 18. Lee Chang-Hoon, 19. Namkung Woong, 20. Hevertinho, 21. Jeong San (Gk), 22. Joen Sung-Chun, 23. Hwang Jae-Woon, 25. Kim Tae-You, 26. Park Se-Young, 27. Sim Jae-Myung, 29. Lee Chang-Won, 30. Kim Deo-Kil, 31. Lee Jin-Kyu (Gk), 33. Kim Hyeon-Woo, 35. Lim Jong-Eun, 36. Kyeon Hee-Jae