HULK ON A RAM­PAGE

Shang­hai’s Brazil­ian star in dev­as­tat­ing form against Jiangsu

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HONG KONG

FORMER FC Porto striker Hulk scored one goal and set up the sec­ond to help Shang­hai SIPG edge fel­low Chi­nese Su­per League side Jiangsu Sun­ing 2-1 in a first-leg, round of 16 match in the Asian Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day.

SIPG, coached by An­dre Vil­lasBoas and boast­ing former Chelsea striker Os­car, went a goal be­hind when Jiangsu’s Roger Martinez scored in the ninth minute, only for Hulk to win a penalty just af­ter the half-hour mark that he con­verted him­self.

The pow­er­fully built striker than turned provider on the stroke of half­time when he clipped his cross onto the head of Odil Ahme­dov and the Uzbek­istan in­ter­na­tional steered the ball home from close range.

“I’m very happy we were able to win and in the sec­ond leg we will make ev­ery ef­fort to fight un­til the end for the best re­sult,” said Vil­las-Boas.

“Of course, every­thing is pos­si­ble and both teams worked very hard to­day to win. We had the chance to score a third goal, but in the end the re­sult is 2-1 and this score means the game is still open and we need to be ready for the next game.”

Former cham­pi­ons Urawa Red Di­a­monds from Ja­pan will face a dif­fi­cult task to ad­vance to the last eight af­ter Mi­hailo Petro­vic’s side lost the first leg of their en­counter with Jeju United 2-0 in South Korea.

Brazil­ian Marcelo Toscano gave Jeju an early lead be­fore Urawa, who missed a string of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half, were pun­ished fur­ther when Jin Sung-Wook scored on the break deep into in­jury time at the end of the game.

Ira­nian duo Perse­po­lis and Estegh­lal Khouzes­tan had con­trast­ing for­tunes in their round of 16 meet­ings.

Perse­po­lis was held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar Stars League side Lekhwiya at the Azadi Sta­dium in Tehran.

Estegh­lal Khouzes­tan, mean­while, took the lead against Saudi Ara­bia’s Al Hi­lal through Hasan Beit Saeid be­fore goals from Ab­dul­lah Zori and Car­los Ed­uardo gave the two-time Asian cham­pi­ons a come-from-be­hind vic­tory. Reuters

AFP PIC

Shang­hai SIPG’s Hulk (cen­tre) and Jiangsu’s Liu Jianye vie for the ball in their AFC Cham­pi­ons League round of 16 match in Shang­hai on Wed­nes­day.

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