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Iniesta’s team, Vissel Kobe advances to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League

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Vissel Kobe, the Japanese team where world champion Andrés Iniesta plays, managed to advance to the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League on Thursday, beating another Japanese team, Yokohama Marinos, 3-2, despite being in the relegation zone in the Japanese championship.

After a great investment and with 25 of the 34 rounds played in the national championship, Kobe is in the J-League’s sticking zone (16th). However, goals from Nanasei Iino, Daiju Sasaki and Yutaro Oda took the club to the quarter-finals of Asia’s most prestigious continental competition.

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“It was a very difficult game, but I think it will give us confidence,” said Kobe coach Takayuki Yoshida.

Iniesta watched from the bench for a balanced match, in which a goal by Oda ten minutes from the end (3-1) practically decreed the elimination of Yokohama, current leader of the J-League, who reacted, albeit too late, with a goal by Brazilian Anderson Lopes (3-2).

“I think we played harder than they did, but they had chances to draw until the end,” said Hotaru Yamaguchi, who wore the captain’s armband in Iniesta’s absence.

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Bojan Krkic and Sergi Semper, compatriots of Iniesta and also with stints at Barcelona, ​​are also part of the Vissel Kobe squad, although both are injured.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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