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Vissel Kobe 2-0 Shanghai SIPG Pictures - Japanese club advance in the AFC Champions League

  • Vissel Kobe beat Shanghai SIPG 2-0 in the AFC Champions League
  • Japanese club advance to the quarterfinals
  • Andrés Iniesta and Daigo Nishi were on target for Vissel Kobe
  • Shanghai need to regroup after falling apart in recent matches
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta put Vissel Kobe ahead against Shanghai SIPG (Getty Images)

Vissel Kobe defeated Shanghai SIPG 2-0 at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday to advance to their first AFC Champions League quarter-final. The J1 League club were participating in their first ever AFC Champions League knockout match.

Spanish legend Andres Iniesta received a perfectly weighted pass from Hotaru Yamaguchi before firing a low shot that under Shanghai goalkeeper Chen Wei.

Five minutes into the second half, Atsuhiro Miura’s side doubled their lead through Daigo Nishi. Vissel Kobe nearly made it 3-0 when Nishi and Furuhashi combined inside the area but the Japanese side did enough to advance.
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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: General view of socially distanced seats inside the stadium before the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: General view of socially distanced seats inside the stadium before the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07:  Players ahead of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Players ahead of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe reacts to an injury during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe reacts to an injury during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Gotoku Sakai of Vissel Kobe and Fu Huan of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Gotoku Sakai of Vissel Kobe and Fu Huan of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Hotaru Yamaguchi of Vissel Kobe and Aaron Moon of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Hotaru Yamaguchi of Vissel Kobe and Aaron Moon of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe celebrates his goal during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) +

    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe celebrates his goal during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: General view of socially distanced seats inside the stadium before the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: General view of socially distanced seats inside the stadium before the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07:  Players ahead of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Players ahead of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Kyogo Furuhashi of Vissel Kobe and Wei Zhen of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe reacts to an injury during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe reacts to an injury during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Gotoku Sakai of Vissel Kobe and Fu Huan of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Gotoku Sakai of Vissel Kobe and Fu Huan of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Yuta Goke of Vissel Kobe and Lu Wenjun of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Hotaru Yamaguchi of Vissel Kobe and Aaron Moon of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Hotaru Yamaguchi of Vissel Kobe and Aaron Moon of Shanghai SIPG compete for the ball during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe celebrates his goal during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 07: Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe celebrates his goal during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 match between Vissel Kobe and Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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