HONG KONG - Hong Kong Premier League side Kitchee SC sank on home turf for the third consecutive time in the AFC Champions League group stage as it lost to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2-1 here on Wednesday.
Kitchee only amassed one point after its four previous outings while Jeonbuk collected nine and a victory would keep its hope for the knockout stage.
The away side took a dream start just two minutes into the game when Lee Dong-jun's cross created chaos in the box and Moon Seon-min was alert to slot the loose ball into the net.
Jeonbuk doubled the lead in the 38th minute when Kitchee's center-back Andy Russell was caught in possession by Song Min-kyu who charged forward and beat Wang Zhenpeng one-on-one.
The South Korean powerhouse was dealt a blow before the break, as Jeong Tae-wook saw red for tripping down Ruslan Mingazow.
With a long period of ball possession in the second half, Kitchee pulled one goal back in the 69th minute through Jakob Jantscher, but it was still toothless to turn around the game.
It is Kitchee's fourth 2-1 defeat in the AFC Champions League this season, and it has already booked the bottom place in the group despite the sixth round against Lion City Sailors FC.
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