Cerezo Osaka crush Arema

Cerezo Osaka are on the verge of qualifying for the AFC Champions League knockout stages following a 4-0 win away to Arema Malang.

Cerezo Osaka are on the verge of qualifying for the AFC Champions League knockout stages following a 4-0 win away to Arema Malang.

Taka Inui fired a second-half brace for the visitors after Kiyotake Hiroshi and Rodrigo Pimpao Vianna had given Osaka a two-goal advantage at the break.

The win sees Osaka move up to second place in Group G, two points ahead of Shandong Luneng - who they host in their final group clash.

Jeonbuk Motors remain top of the group after they beat Shandong Luneng Taishan 2-1 away from home.

Lee Dong-Gook's double proved enough for Jeonbuk to claim all three points and they are now three points clear of Cerezo Osaka.

Persepolis recorded their first victory of the tournament, beating Group C leaders Al-Ittihad 3-2.

Hamidreza Dehaghi scored twice, with Shpejtim Arifi netting the other for the Iranian side.

Al-Ittihad remain top of the group, with Kuruvchi Tashkent second after beating Al-Wahda 3-2.

A double from Milos Trifunovic and Shavkat Salomov's late goal were the difference for the Uzbeks, who had to come from behind after Ismail Matar's fourth-minute opener.

Al Sadd secured top spot in Group B courtesy of a 2-2 draw at home to second-placed Esteghlal.

Qataris Al Sadd needed goals from Khalfan Ibrahim and Hasan Al Haydos to come from back from two down after Farzad Majidi struck twice in the first half for the visitors.

Esteghlal are second, level on points with third placed Al-Nasr.

Zob-Ahan moved on to 13 points at the top of Group D after beating Al-Emirates 1-0 away from home.

Al Shabab moved second after winning 1-0 at home to Al Rayyan, with Naser Al-Shamrani claiming the winner on 76 minutes.

Al-Emirates are now third, two points behind Al Shabab, while Al Rayyan are bottom with just one point from five matches.