{
    "title": "Buriram hold Evergrande to draw in UCL",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Fabio-Cannavaro-180214-G300.jpg",
    "body": "Fabio Cannavaro's return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand's Buriram United in the opening round of the AFC Champions League.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Italian 2006 World Cup-winning captain was selected to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of the two-time continental winner at the end of last season after being fired by the club in 2015.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAfter just 16 minutes, Brazilian forward Ricardo Goulart headed the seven-time Chinese champions into the lead, only for Buriram to hit back early in the second half through Edgar Bruno da Silva.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBuriram, looking to become the first Southeast Asian team to reach the final since 2003, hit the crossbar late in the game. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOverall however, the Thai champions were the more pleased of the two teams with the result.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAlso in Group G, Japan\u2019s Cerezo Osaka downed Jeju United of South Korea 1-0 thanks to a a 93rd minute goal from Kota Mizunuma. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nIn Group H, Australian champions Sydney FC lost 2-0 at home to South Korea's Suwon Samsung Bluewings. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe visitors took the lead early in the second half through a long-range strike from Dejan Damjanovic. The striker sealed the points from the spot.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSuwon take an early lead in the group as Kashima Antlers and Shanghai Shenhua played out a 1-1 draw.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nShanghai's Colombian playmaker Gio Moreno gave the Chinese team the lead after just three minutes at the home of the eight-time Japanese champions.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nYasushi Endo cancelled out that advantage early in the second half but despite significant Kashima pressure, the hosts had to settle for a point.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nstr\/sm<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Fabio Cannavaro's return to Guangzhou Evergrande as head coach got off to a frustrating start on Wednesday when his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand's Buriram United.",
    "date": "2018-02-14T15:39:42",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "",
    "img_credit": "Fabio Cannavaro \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "International",
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}