Mariners, Nagoya draw 1-1 in ACL

Australia's Central Coast Mariners' Pedj Bojic (L) clashes with Japan's Nagoya Grampus player Tamada Keiji (R) during the AFC Champions League match in Gosford on March 21, 2012. The Mariners and Nagoya played a 1-1 draw

Australia's Central Coast Mariners and Japan's Nagoya Grampus drew their AFC Champions League match 1-1 to remain unbeaten in Group G in Gosford on Wednesday.

Experienced Japanese international defender Markus Tulio Tanaka put Nagoya ahead in the 21st minute off a free kick.

Dutch defender Patrick Zwaanswijk equalised for the A-League leaders seven minutes later with a powerful header from a cross by youngster Tomas Rogic.

Nagoya's Australian World Cup striker Josh Kennedy was largely held in check and earned a yellow card in the seventh minute after an altercation with Zwaanswijk.

Both teams are level on points after two matches following Nagoya's opening 2-2 draw with Korea Republic’s Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, while the Mariners kicked off their first ACL campaign with a scoreless draw against Tianjin Teda in China.