Thai club Buriram United remains top of Group F in Asian Champions League with 1-1 draw



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Kerem Bulut, right, of Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers fights for the ball with Lee Woong-hee, left, of South Korea's FC Seoul during their Group H soccer match in the Asian Champions League at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


OSAKA, Japan — Thai club Buriram United maintained its lead in Group F of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday after holding J-League champion Gamba Osaka to a 1-1 draw.

Hiroyuki Abe gave Gamba the lead in the 39th minute but Theerathon Bunmathan equalized midway through the second half to preserve Buriram's unbeaten start.

The Thai Premier League champions improved to seven points while Gamba picked up its first point.

Buriram, which reached the quarterfinals in 2013, has already recorded impressive 2-1 wins over South Korean club Seongnam and Chinese qualifier Guangzhou R&F.

In Robina, Australia, Brisbane Roar and Suwon Bluewings finished in a 3-3 draw as both teams improved to four points in Group G. Devante Clut scored his second goal of the match in the 80th minute to ensure a point for the hosts.

In Guangzhou, China, 2013 champion Guangzhou Evergrande scored three second-half goals to beat Japanese club Kashima Antlers 4-3 and increase its lead in Group H.

FC Seoul and Western Sydney Wanderers finished in a goalless draw in the group's other match.

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