BIG BUYS ON SONG

Hulk, Os­car shine as Aussies take a ham­mer­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport - SHANG­HAI

BIG-MONEY Brazil­ians Hulk and Os­car were among the scor­ers as Aus­tralian sides were bru­tally put to the sword in the Asian Champions League on a night of goals on Tues­day.

Heavy-spend­ing Shang­hai SIPG ham­mered 2014 champions Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers 5-1, while the Bris­bane Roar fared even worse, crash­ing 6-0 to Ul­san Hyundai of South Korea.

Striker Hulk, who blasted a stun­ning goal to help his team edge out FC Seoul 1-0 last week, found the net again with a third­minute header off a Zhang Wei cross to give the hosts an early ad­van­tage in their Group F clash.

Shang­hai stretched their lead in the 17th minute through for­mer Chelsea star Os­car, whose right-footed shot from the cen­tre of the box off a Hulk pass gave Syd­ney goal­keeper Jer­rad Tyson no chance.

Syd­ney briefly put up a fight through Mitch Ni­chols in the 20th minute, but faded af­ter that as Shang­hai and their Brazil­ian su­per­stars ran riot.

De­fender Shi Ke gave Shang­hai a 3-1 lead and the bustling Hulk was in the thick of the ac­tion again on 27 min­utes with a pass to set up yet an­other Brazil­ian, Elke­son, for 4-1.

Wu Lei sealed the rout for Shang­hai, who de­spite go­ing goal-crazy trail Urawa Red Di­a­monds on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter the Ja­panese sim­i­larly ran amok in a 5-2 maul­ing of FC Seoul in Group F.

Fol­low­ing their 4-0 thrash­ing of Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers last week, the Ja­panese were quick to take con­trol with Yuki Muto and Tada­nari Lee net­ting within 11 min­utes of the start.

How­ever, the goal of the match came from Park Chu-Young, who scored with a stun­ning free-kick for the vis­i­tors.

But Takahiro Sekine, To­moya Uga­jin and Yoshi­aki Ko­mai added to Urawa’s tally as an ac­tion­packed first half ended 5-1.

Sub­sti­tute De­jan Dam­janovic pulled a con­so­la­tion back in the 92nd minute for the de­mor­alised Seoul side.

There were goals galore too in Group E, where Kim In-Sung and Mislav Or­sic both bagged dou­bles for Ul­san Hyundai as the Roar barely put up a fight in a 6-0 de­struc­tion.

Saudi gi­ants Al Ahli took top spot in Group C af­ter squeez­ing past Iran’s Zoba­han 2-1 for their sec­ond straight win de­spite play­ing half the game with 10 men.

The two-time run­ners-up opened the scor­ing through Ab­dul­fat­tah Asiri in the 29th minute but Me­hdi Ra­jabzadeh equalised for the Ira­ni­ans from the spot in first-half stop­page time af­ter Mo­taz Haw­sawi fouled Jerry Bengt­son and was sent off.

Omar al-Somah hit the win­ner with a well-struck free-kick in the 86th minute as Zoba­han re­mained win­less in the tour­na­ment.

Also in Group C UAE’s Al Ain sur­vived a scare from Uzbek­istan’s Bun­y­o­d­kor be­fore win­ning 3-2 away, but in Group D fel­low Emi­ratis Al Wahda fell to Iran’s Perse­po­lis also 3-2 with Me­hdi Taremi scor­ing twice for the winners in the last 10 min­utes.

The late Group D match saw Saudi Ara­bia’s Al Hi­lal beat Qatar’s Al Rayyan 2-1, the win­ner a penalty deep into sec­ond-half stop­page time by Mo­hammed alShal­loub.

AFP PIC

Shang­hai SIPG's Hulk opened the scor­ing in the 5-1 thrash­ing of Aus­tralia's Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers on Tues­day.

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