first_imgJeonbuk Hyundai Motors players defend a Yokohama F. Marino free kick during their AFC Champions League group H football match in Jeonju In a chance-filled first half, Jeonbuk also had their moments but Yokohama could have gone further ahead when Ado Onaiwu had a shot cleared off the line and Nakagawa fired narrowly wide.Read Also: Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgeryJeonbuk’s chances of a comeback sank when Son Jun-ho received his second yellow card, but a moment of madness from Yokohama goalkeeper Yuji Kajikawa gave the hosts hope with 10 minutes left.Kajikawa needlessly charged out to intercept a long ball and missed it completely, gifting substitute Jo Kyu-seong an empty net. However, Jeonbuk soon lost their second player when Lee Yong was carded twice in two minutes.Only two games were played on Tuesday as ties involving Chinese teams – Guangzhou Evergrande in Group G, and Shanghai SIPG in Group H – have been postponed until April over the deadly coronavirus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta produced a magical display on his Asian Champions League debut Wednesday to inspire Japan’s Vissel Kobe to a 5-1 thrashing of Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim. The 35-year-old, who won four European Cups in a glittering career with the Spanish giants, set up the home side’s opening goal after 13 minutes, threading a defence-splitting pass for hat-trick hero Keijiro Ogawa to lob over goalkeeper Farizal Marlias. Vissel Kobe midfielder Keijiro Ogawa fires home as Johor Darul Ta’zim defender Aidil Zafuan looks on during their AFC Champions League group G football match at Misaki Park Stadium in Kobe A handball by Iniesta’s former Barca teammate Thomas Vermaelen allowed the visitors to equalise from the spot through Safawi Rasid on 27 minutes. But parity vanished less than 60 seconds later when Kyogo Furuhashi slammed in a shot from the edge of the box to restore Kobe’s advantage, before Brazilian striker Douglas forced a sharp save from Marlias. With Iniesta spraying passes from deep, Vissel could have been out of sight by half-time in their Group G opener, especially if their players had been on Iniesta’s wavelength. World Cup winner Iniesta, who joined the J-League club on a monster, three-year deal almost two years ago, played a key part in Kobe’s third goal 13 minutes into the second half. The little sorcerer conjured a filthy no-look pass for Gotoku Sakai, who teed up Ogawa for the bleach-blond striker’s second of the night, before Douglas added a brilliant solo goal seven minutes later. As the floodgates threatened to open, Iniesta dinked an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Ogawa to complete his hat-trick after 72 minutes. He was substituted to a standing ovation two minutes from time, turning to bow to the pitch as is the Japanese custom, before taking his place on the bench. Iniesta, who captured 32 major trophies with Barcelona, is chasing a third title with Kobe after helping them to their maiden Emperor’s Cup triumph in January and a first Japanese Super Cup last weekend. – Nine-man Jeonbuk – Elsewhere, in Group H, Ange Postecoglou’s Yokohama F Marinos won 2-1 in an entertaining clash with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who finished with nine men. Teruhito Nakagawa twice went close for Yokohama before he set up the opener, crossing to Keita Endo who half-volleyed the visitors ahead just after the half-hour. Endo also had a hand in Yokohama’s second, when his cross was intercepted by unfortunate Jeonbuk defender Kim Jin-su who prodded the ball into his own net.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Crystal Palace are bottom of the payment to agents ranking – hardly surprising given their promotion from the Championship in the summer. Newcastle were another club to see a big increase on expenditure to agents, handling transfers and other dealings with players. The Tyneside club spent £7,294,018 in the last 12 months – more than doubling from £3,485,503 in the period prior to that. Manager Alan Pardew was busy in the transfer market in January and across the summer, while Joe Kinnear also returned to the north-east club as director of football. Arsenal have shown minimal change between the two years, spending roughly £5.5m in both time periods. Tottenham spent more than £3m extra on paying agents this year than last, with their bill totalling £9,787,676 – an increase from £6,595,905. Spurs used the cash from the world-record transfer fee sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid to rejuvenate their squad and offset the loss of the Wales forward. Arrivals like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will account for some of that increase, as manager Andre Villas-Boas bolstered the squad considerably. Southampton’s outlay jumped from £646,106 to £2,184,412, which would take in the change of manager from Nigel Adkins to Mauricio Pochettino and the players the new boss has brought in. Sunderland’s spending jumped from £2,173,762 to £4,640,227, accounting for the raft of signings Paolo Di Canio made in his abortive spell on Wearside. The Premier League agreed in June 2008 that every club would publish the total amount paid to agents once a year. The figures also include any payments made by clubs to agents on behalf of their players. The return of manager Jose Mourinho will have contributed to Chelsea’s increase in outlay, with the Portuguese boss bringing in a raft of new signings. Captures like Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o and Brazilian playmaker Willian are bound to have had an effect on such a large hike. Manchester City had topped the agents spending charts for the previous two years, and now sit second in the big-spenders list when it comes to paying agents. City shelled out £11,179,817, to account for the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and another set of expensive summer captures. Their spending has increased from £10,537,982 the year before. Of the total of around £96m spent by Premier League clubs on agents in the 12-month period just elapsed, Liverpool contributed £9,400,973. Despite bringing in David Moyes as manager and signing the likes of Marouane Fellaini from Everton, Manchester United sit at the low end of the spending. The Old Trafford club only forked out a comparatively modest £4,317,690, though that does incorporate a rise of nearly £700,000. Figures released by the Premier League show clubs paid £19m more to players’ representatives than in the previous 12 months. Chelsea spent a total £13,721,721 between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, as opposed to £6,490,382 a year earlier. Premier League clubs paid £96million to agents in fees in the last year, with Chelsea’s outlay more than doubling to over £13million.last_img read more