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China, South Korea clubs humiliated by West Asia sides
Updated: 2005-09-29 14:00

China's Shenzhen Jianlibao and South Korea's Busan I'Park suffered humiliating losses to their Western Asian opponents in the first leg of AFC Champion League semi-finals Tuesday.

Shenzhen Jianlibao midfielder Yang Chen(R) fights for the ball during the game.
Shenzhen were routed 6-0 away by Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates while Busan I'Park were beaten 5-0 by Al Ittihad at home.

Al Ain and Al Ittihad, the first and defending champions of the Champions League in a repeat in the 2002 AFC match-up, have been very close to providing an all-Arab finals.

To the Chinese fans, the loss comes as yet another heavy blow this month after the other Chinese club Shandong Lunengtaishang were eliminated 8-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and China's U-17 team were sent packing by Turkey with a 5-0 loss in FIFA World Championship in Peru.

Former China and Shenzhen skipper Li Weifeng was sent off during the semi-final after getting two yellows in the last match, which Shenzhen came back in to defeat Al Ahli 3-1 in extra time.

Al Ain 6-0 Shenzhen Jianlibao

A hat trick from Nigerian striker Nwoha Onyekachi inspired Al Ain, who raced 4-0 up after 28 minutes as Shenzhen's woeful season continued following their breakthrough championship-winning campaign last year.
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