Andre Villas-Boas said "faith and courage" had enabled his 10-man Shanghai SIPG side to begin their Chinese Super League group campaign with a 1-0 win over FC Seoul on Tuesday.
Hulk gave Shanghai the lead eight minutes into the second half with a spectacular strike into the top corner before He Guan was sent off.
And Dejan Damjanovic saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Yan Junling as Seoul threatened to level.
"It was a tough game," Villas-Boas said. "You could see the pitch was not in a very good...
Guangzhou Evergrande will kick off their 2017 Asian Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari expecting his team to make mistakes against Hong Kong's Eastern.
Evergrande, winners of the continental club championship in 2013 and 2015, had a disappointing performance last season, exiting the competition at the end of the group stage before going on to continue their domestic dominance.
Scolari's team won the Chinese Super League title for a record sixth time in...
Big-spending Shanghai SIPG made it two wins in a row in the 2017 AFC Champions League as Hulk's spectacular second-half strike earned Andre Villas-Boas' team a 1-0 win over FC Seoul on Tuesday.
The former Porto and Zenit St Petersburg striker -- signed last summer for €55 million -- scored eight minutes into the second half to secure all three points for SIPG, who join Urawa Red Diamonds as first day winners in Group F after the Japanese side's 4-0 trouncing of the Western Sydney Wanderers.