ReutersHONG KONG (Reuters) — Yu Kobayashi scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale secured a 3-1 win over fellow Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarterfinal meeting on Wednesday.
Kobayashi claimed a goal in each half, either side of a volley by Elsinho, to give Toru Oniki's side the upper hand ahead of the second leg at Saitama Stadium in three weeks.
Yu Kobayashi scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale took a significant step towards the last four of the Asian Champions League with a 3-1 home win over J-League rivals Urawa Reds in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie on Wednesday night.
Kobayashi, the two-goal hero in Kawasaki's 4-1 hammering of Reds in the league here last month, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a well-taken strike and Elsinho grabbed their second early in the second half.
Kawasaki Frontale manager Toru Oniki insists last month's hammering of Urawa Reds will count for nothing when the two J-League teams clash in the first leg of the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Yu Kobayashi scored twice as Kawasaki crushed Reds 4-1 at Todoroki Stadium in the J-League on July 5, and Frontale's recent form suggests they are favorites to come out on top of what should be an entertaining contest.