Chelsea were second best against Kawasaki and the raucous home crowd got what they wanted when Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao took advantage of some sloppy Chelsea defending to head the winner four minutes from full-time.
A second-string Sydney FC side bearing no resemblance to their A-League Grand Final-winning team lost 4-0 at home to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, in their last AFC Champions League group game.
The Sky Blues, who had no chance of making the knockout stage, didn't field any of the side that started Sunday's domestic season decider against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium.
"I asked if they wanted to be on the bench, a couple of them, the answer was no," Sydney coach Steve Corica said with a smile after Tuesday...
A late goal left Sydney FC still winless in AFC Champions League matches against Japanese opposition, with Kawasaki Frontale securing a 1-0 home victory over the Sky Blues on Wednesday.
Substitute Manabu Saito pounced on a miscued 83rd-minute clearance to squeeze a shot past Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.
While the timing of the goal was cruel for Sydney, they could have no complaints about the outcome at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium.
Kawasaki created far more chances, especially in the second half,...
Kawasaki Frontale retained the J.League title despite losing 2-1 to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday, the visitors clinching a second top-flight championship when nearest rivals Sanfrecce Hiroshima completed a stunning collapse with another defeat.
Osaka striker Kazuya Yamamura scored the winner in the fourth minute of injury time, but with Hiroshima falling to a 1-0 home defeat to Vegalta Sendai, Toru Oniki's team secured the title with two games to spare.
After Saturday's fixtures, Kawasaki hold an unassailable...
A brilliant late strike from Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses sealed a stunning 1-0 Asian Champions League win over Kawasaki Frontale.
With the Victory third and the Japanese side last in Group F going into the match, both sides desperately chased the three points in an entertaining affair at AAMI Park on Tuesday night. Barbarouses finally found the back of the net in the 90th minute to seal a breathtaking win in front of 6,639 fans.
With two matches left in the group stage, the result puts...