Soccer: Swierczok hat-trick sends Grampus into ACL quarterfinals


An inspired Jakub Swierczok led the charge with a hat-trick Tuesday as Nagoya Grampus advanced to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals following a 4-2 comeback win over South Korea's Daegu FC. Returning to the ACL round of 16 for the first time since 2012, Grampus quickly conceded at Toyota Stadium on a long-range strike by Brazilian midfielder Cesinha. A clever Naoki Maeda back-heel pass set up an equalizer from Poland striker Swierczok in the 12th minute, but the visitors restored their lead midway through the half when Brazilian forward Edgar headed home off a long ball into the box. Sw...

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