A virtuoso first-half display by Brazilian import Hulk earned Shanghai SIPG a place in the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday evening as Andre Villas-Boas' side thrashed FC Seoul 4-2 to knock the South Koreans out of the competition.
Hulk outshone his compatriots Oscar and Elkeson in front of ecstatic home crowd at Shanghai Stadium.
SIPG join Urawa Red Diamonds at the top of Group F after the Japanese side notched up a 6-1 demolition of Western Sydney Wanderers as the 2014...
2014 winners Western Sydney Wanderers are staring at AFC Champions League elimination after a 3-2 loss to FC Seoul put their knockout stage chances out of their hands.
Terry Antonis and Lachlan Scott scored late goals to give the Wanderers a glimmer of hope on Tuesday night at Campbelltown Stadium. But the cavalry came too late as they suffered their third loss in four games to slip to the bottom of Group F with three points.
The Wanderers are all but out of the running for the knockout stage...
Western Sydney will look to put FC Seoul on the back foot early in a bid to turn their Asian Champions League lifeline into a late dash for the knockout stages.
The Wanderers salvaged their nearly dead ACL campaign last month via a 3-2 win over the K-League giants, their first points that also served to breathe new life into a niggly A-League season.
On Tuesday night their continental ambitions will go back on the line against the same opposition in Campbelltown.
Coach Tony Popovic senses FC Seoul will again be there for the taking when revived Western Sydney resume their Asian Champions League campaign in four weeks.
The Wanderers rescued their floundering continental foray in the nick of time on Wednesday night, edging the K-League giants 3-2 in Korea despite nearly blowing a three-goal lead.
The assured performance breathed life into an A-League outfit smarting from a horrid few weeks at home and abroad, where 4-0 and 5-1 ACL annihilations to Urawa Red...