SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Beijing Guoan started China’s campaign in the Asian Champions League by beating Chiangrai United of Thailand 1-0 on Tuesday.
Because of the viral outbreak that started in China, the Asian Football Confederation ruled this month that the first three group games involving the four Chinese clubs would be postponed until late April and May.
However, Beijing has been training in South Korea since January and was allowed into Thailand to face Chiangrai.
Wang Ziming scored after 23 minutes and Beijing hung on.
Shanghai Shenhua, Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande have weeks more to wait to begin their campaigns.
Elsewhere, Australian teams tasted defeat in the respective capitals of Japan and South Korea.
Perth Glory’s tournament debut ended